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Tutorial #18 : A possible path on the color map by AquaSixio Tutorial #18 : A possible path on the color map by AquaSixio
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SachikoKurisu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use this theory for my fluid paintings and I have never had such unbelievable contrasts that work so well. Thank you for sharing your color theory with us!
DariaKoumori Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'll try to use your advises in my next drawings 
MariaIris Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you !!!!
thegreatsix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing!
MrMopoke Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love this so much, this will be so much help!
WillVinci Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!)))I got stuck with my illustration colour palette)))And you tut was very helpfuL))
gyroids Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
LunanNera Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Molto buono, bravissimo!!!! Grazie :D (Big Grin) 
POND-O Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great work mate on all of these!
danestor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Thanks
evermin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I.. I just had a color theory revelation explained to me through beautiful turtles and copulation.


To be honest the split complementary triad was the thing I paid the least attention to when learning about color in art class. Didn't realize it (or something similar) could be used like this. Whoops!
modrawmanga Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015   Digital Artist
thank you for making this tutorial, I really appreciate it Nod 
Animated-sonicfan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will be a geat help.
S1Meon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you follow a strict color scheme, I really need to start doing that
seprira Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Colour theory is so confusing.
I WILL LEARN Cry forever 
espeonlespeon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A general rule I follow when remembering how to work with colors is that there's always most likely one to three dedicated ambient colors of the atmosphere. Warm colors for war climates such as interior rooms and sunlit beaches, cool colors for mountains, forests and other heavily shaded regions. Select your color based on how bright or calm it is. If it looks washed out, it's a calmer color. When shading or coloring for a realistic effect you will want a blue to darken as it goes away from light. A very good practice is to pick your colors, colors that compliment one another in hue, hue is what colors look great together almost as if they belong to one another. This is a trial and error thing and color wheels do a pretty great job of explaining how color spectrum works but it's a complicated concept to grasp as a beginner. I learned from watching what other artists do and trying my own thing. I make way more mistakes more often but, when I'm done with a piece it satisfies me and allows me to move to the next instead of dwelling on a concept too long. Art is about experience and time spent doing. You learn more from trying new twists on basic concepts, add little horns to a circle, add a circle to a circle and draw lines to merge them into an oblong shape to form a head and then just add little details such as eyes and noses.

This same practice can be applied to color, to make a great shade you will want a great base color and an idea of where you want to take it. As for stuff like pop art and vectors, just stick to flat color and maybe do the street artists approach of a little white line with a dash at the end to draw attention and make the design *POP*!
seprira Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Yup! I can see artists doing that. Though, I really do like how when some designs leave the whole character in black and white and only colour the eyes with a vibrant blue or green (or red or yellow).
espeonlespeon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here, I really love highlighted segments on art pieces.
CaracolaDeViento Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2015
Love it! Oh, fuck, fuck, fuck, I'm so excited, but I just love it. Can't imagine how I needed something like this *^*
Thank you so much for taking the time for doing it, you're a very cool person :'D
mfMarLei Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Thank you for doing this!!! This is seriously helping me as I don't really understand color theory I'm learning from these!! 
vynaria Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is so kind of you to put these together. You are seriously the best. I've been learning more and more about colour theory and other things from these. Thank you so much! :D
black3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried!… did I got it right?
I found this tutorial interesting and helpful, so thanks! I gotta practice more....
le-procrastinatorz Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I do not understand this at all.
fnblue Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
thanks for the tutorials xD they are awesomee
snaketoes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow your tutorials look all incredibly in depth, gonna look over them later.. Thanks a bunch for putting so much time into them too, it's really very kind of you!! :la:
AntCommander Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student General Artist
This is extremely useful. Thanks for sharing.
Haeimdall Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
With this tutorial I have learned waaaay more than in my university color theory classes.... Thank you! <3
DaliaWolfsoul Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!! Best tutorial on colour I've seen, love!!! Thank you very much!!! :la:
Menri Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this helps a lot!! thank you so much!!! :D
RocioZero Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG why is this not a Daily Deviaton!? It's just perfect! I'm so bad with color theory, but this little tutorial showed me a whole new world in just a few minutes :wow: Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us! :D
bolsterstone Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014   General Artist
You have to read the tutorials in sequence.  The entire series got the DD.   Look for AquaSixio's previous article with the turtles.  ;-)
okashito Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely love this method! So excited to try this out :P
OwlWolfRaven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Digital Artist
I like the "dad", "mom", and "beauty spot" thing. I'll take that with me. ^^
Anclin--RAWR Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
this is just awesome! 
anikituyishime Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Tx  so much for this tut' 
jowcordeiro Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus Christ!!! Really nice!
Kohana12 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is really nifty! Thanks!
eleysegottman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
I'll admit to favouriting this purely for the turtles, but what an interesting way of explaining it.
dandon7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u so much u are a great person 
PixelObsessed Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome but i donīt get it correctly. My colors never look like yours - they are all so similar. Your colors are totally diffrent ;__; Are there any tools in the internet which can help? I used this for the complementary and analogous colors. and…

Somebody really need to create an app for those turtles ;)
AquaSixio Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Both website are really interesting. I think the second is better and fits more with the turtle concept. 

About the color rendering, do not forget that I use a lot of adjustment layer like color balance, I think this is the reason why your color looks differently :)
PixelObsessed Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for your fast answer :) 
Do you sometimes adjust individual colors too or always the whole pallette?
AquaSixio Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
All the palette, my adjustment layer are always on top of all the layers :)
PixelObsessed Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much  :hug:
reinafawn Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
vanmenezes Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
One of the best tutorials about colors Iīve ever seen. Thank you so much.Hug 
GummyInABox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
This is great! you're really awesome with color! : o something I'm.. absolutely not... : ( So.. you're awesome ; D
Love this!
KURIZKURIZniKALAI Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow for a color blind   ...I really appreciate this color map tutorial ...amazing works as always <3
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