Color schemes tutorial and how to use them in painting.

color scheme tutorial

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Monochromatic and Achromatic color scheme. What is monochromatic. This post will explain to you what is monochromatic painting in detail. The video tutorial, I talk about choosing color in real world application.

The monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of one color. This scheme looks clean and elegant. Monochromatic colors go well together, producing a soothing effect. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues. You can use it to establish an overall mood. The primary color can be integrated with neutral colors such as black, white, or gray. However, it can be difficult, when using this scheme, to highlight the most important elements.

Monochromatic is not black and white grayscale image. It is often mistaken. Black and white rendering is officially called Achromatic. Both are great for practicing rendering value, and contrast of the painting.

Analogous color scheme. Color Harmony: Analogous Color scheme, basic Color Schemes for artists, illustrators, concept design.
The analogous color scheme uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme. The analogous scheme is similar to the monochromatic one, but offers more nuances.

Complementary color scheme is one of the basic Color Schemes for artist, illustrator. In my personal experience, this color scheme is use the most by painter, concept artists and illustrators alike. It is not difficult to implement and often get good result.

The complementary color scheme is made of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. This scheme looks best when you put a warm color against a cool color, for example, red versus green-blue. The complementary scheme is intrinsically high-contrast.
When using the complementary scheme, it is important to choose a dominant color and use its complementary color for accents. Using one color for the background and its complementary color to highlight important elements, you will get color dominance combined with sharp color contrast.

Triadic Color Scheme, tips and technique for artists, illustrators, mangakas and concept artists.

The triadic color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. This scheme is popular among graphic designers, photographers, and some artists because it offers strong visual contrast while retaining balance, and color richness. The triadic scheme is not as contrasting as the complementary scheme, but it looks more balanced and harmonious.

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.