But doing this tutorial makes me realize how little I still now about color and I probably made things wrong and those typos and askdkasd blah. But I hope this makes you think more about how color affects other colors in your works! And maybe not use gray to shade stuff. :U;;;
Ugh I need to lay down.
AND SORRY THE FILE SIZE IS HUUUGGEEE
Edit 8-17-12::: HOLY MOLY where did you all come from? I just woke up with over 1K feedback messages and I'm used to seeing less than 10! Aaaa thanks so much! ;; I'm so happy so many people found it useful.
So I went in and fixed some typos, reworded some things, etc, so it's all nice. C':
As for colored dry media: for colored pencils, I was taught in high school to use dark, cool colors along with the compliment color and dark brown as the base for shading. You'll need to experiment with this, since I haven't used it in a long time and I'm not sure how it'll turn out.
And the journey continues on!
Edit 8-21-12::: I... got a Daily Deviation for this?! Wow!! I... I don't think I deserve it but I feel so honored! I feel bad because I wish I could've explained things better in this and cleared things up that were misunderstood... but I'm glad this helped people! That made making this tutorial worth while!
Edit 8-25-12::: I just wanted to feature a tutorial by ~ArchAntoinette about this same topic. Before I give the link, I just wanted to point out that even though my tutorial was uploaded first and the format and photos are eerily similar, she touches upon things I didn't talk about, not to mention she's a very talented artist. Check it out! [link]
This should be applicable to both painters and photographers — and all other visual artists — with occasional tips for one or the other in particular.
Always love questions, comments and criticism!
UPDATE: I was always skeptical of the rule of thirds/golden ratio, but in this post James Gurney explains a bit about why, and how the eye actually moves. The main thing I neglected to mention in this tutorial is that the eye is scanning for information. All of these compositional things are ways to make the right information more obvious to find at the right times.
UPDATE 2: Wow, thanks so much for the DD! I didn't realise what a big difference it can make. You guys are what inspire me to make tutorials, so if there's anything else you found a little mysterious about art, don't hesitate to suggest it!
This section is relatively short *cough* for my tutorials. The main focus of this part is to discuss how colors affect one another, and how one can use differences between hue, value, and purity to one's advantage. Also there's a bit about color mixing.
Hope you all find this useful!
I make offer my tutorials for free, but if you enjoy my tutorials and want to donate some funds for gas, art books, and such, I would appreciate it. [link]
Edit 01.2013: - This tutorial is a bit old by now and my understanding of perspective has developed quite a bit over the years. After giving this a re-read, most of information here is still sound and makes sense. However, I'd like to point out in particular that the section labelled as "Objects with Unique Vanishing Points" is a bit off. I don't think the concept is wrong, but I do think it's both written and presented wrong. Still, what's talked about in this section is something I never do in my own work, because once you've mastered 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, you should be able to draw objects that conform to different vanishing points completely on intuition alone.
Value is important to an image! Check out some of my work in grayscale to see examples of value studies: fox-orian.deviantart.com/art/F… ________________________________________________
Part 2 of Perspective & Composition. Part 2 is PURELY about the aspects and theories of composition in art and how YOU can make better work with them. Due to this fact, this tutorial has a LOT of writing in it, and a lot of reading, and less "step-by-step" technical examples. You can think of this as more of a free lecture on the subject.
While the subject covered in this tutorial may not be as interesting as Part 1 where you learned the technical aspects of drawing perspective, REMEMBER THAT COMPOSITION AND CRITICAL THINKING ARE IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT ALL ARTISTS MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH.
I will repeat that.
COMPOSITION AND CRITICAL THINKING ARE IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT ALL ARTISTS MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH.
Give it a read, you could end up thinking about how you approach your next work a little differently.
Special thanks to !windlab for giving me a complete proof-read on the tutorial.
Snap. I think that's the quickest one my tutorials have been turned into a Daily Dev. Thanks very much. Also, thanks to people who have faved/commented/watched and to the groups that requested this dev. Much Love.
I haven't had enough time to finish this tutorial in full so I'm submitting this first part of my coloring tutorial which I had in my scraps+some new parts. To tell the truth, it makes me a little nervous to do tutorials in parts, because I do a lot of reorganizing as I do tutorials to make things seem... logical. But whatevs.
Next sections cover color perception and painting techniques which can be applied traditionally and digitally.
I hope some of you find this helpful.
With Love, Sasha
P.S. I'd like to make a note that while I go over typical color relationships like complementary colors, and I go over color wheels, all this should be taken only a short-hand for an easy way to pick a color palette and a way to introduce people to terms artist commonly used to define color. The most important parts are the ones about hue, purity, and value, color mixing, and gamut.
Remember that you're the artist, and you should pick the colors that appeal to you.
I make my tutorials for free, but if you enjoy my tutorials and want to donate some funds for gas, art books and such, I would appreciate it. [link]
FINALLY THE COLOR THEORY TUTORIAL THAT IS NOW IRRELEVANT BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT ME TO DO SOMETHING ELSE FOR A TUTORIAL, BUT THIS ONE TOOK SO LOOOOOOONG.
This tutorial was actually started because I was trying to explain to how she could take her awesome color pencil technique even further. Since it was hard for me to explain in just a few sentences without pictures, I made this. HOORAH.
Here's some resources to guide you on your color journey!
Color matters - More theories than just complementary colors. Learn all of them. Just because you don't use them, doesn't mean you shouldn't know them