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Quick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionette Quick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionette
My Quick & Dirty Color Theory Tutorial. That turned out to not be so quick >.> I got absorbed and explained a lot more than I originally intended. LMAO I hope you guys find it useful :)

More tutorials to come!
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Quick and Dirty Color Theory by =DarlingMionette ( Suggested by sweetychan and Featured by Elandria )
Raffy1209 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your knowledge. 
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for making this, you have quite an ability for explaining things :D
Shirubabe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this!
Killerkirb Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
I finally understand 'warm' and 'cool' colors by utilizing the hue values.
salty-stylus Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist
I need to brush up on my color theory, and this was helpful, thanks! You've got some awesome resources, and I thank you for that 
Primary-Note Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist
If a base color is yellow, for the lighter colors would you still go to warmer colors or do you just move it closer to white?
ShisukeNearingKonoha Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*aggressively tries to force all of this into my memory at once*
Random-Derp Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Amazing :D

Thanks a lot, I'll need to lecture it a few more times and I'll try it in practice soon ^^
SolyWack Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was very good. I feel like I just took a week long class on color theory in.. hmmm... 20 minutes! I know so much more now. The internet is an amazing place indeed.
erineclair Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ah very detailed <3 saving this for reads. but basically, it has what i'm looking for XD thank you~!
tabulandia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Some helpful tips, danke.
Aerite Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, this tutorial was very helpful.
kaseylsnow Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Really good stuff here, next time someone asks me about color I'm just going to link them to this tutorial. xD Thanks for sharing!
Prototype-LQ Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
This is very useful,thank you)
benoibe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what I've been looking for! I am thrilled to see it was a DD! 

Thank you. I understand the parts of color theory. But the more I learn, the more I realize I don't know... I have been totally derailed in creating anything unique, bc I am clueless when to prefer cool vs warm colors and why. Especially when drawing in perspective. Your color tutorial doesn't just give the "what to do", it explains "why" so that I can make my own informed decisions. 
I love this site because of artists like you, who dont just show their creations, but also try to help others realize their potential! 
the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Please.. someone can help me?  I'm very confused.. everyone and even in Japanese magazines they  talk about a scheme color and how to pick up colors that match each others... but still i don't understand how to picking colors, based to that color weel...
I read this tutorial, but I have just confusion of colors and nothing else.

I'm doing a drawing and now finished lineart, I need to choose colors. I'm starting from the brown of hair.. but I still don't understand what colors match with brown better... there's tertiary colors, double color, 4 colors in the color weel... but how to actually use ? I dont even seen the brown I want in the color scheme, how can I know how to count to get the colors that match?

I 've read this (it says 'be careful to select   colors that match your brown"--- yes.. but how?…

They explain about tertiary color, etc but still when I come to color my own drawing... I can't understand what color take . All that I know is that Ive decided the color of hair (light brown). All the rest, I dont have idea how to picking up the correct colors that give the drawing a nice coloring (because the perfect colors calculation before choose a color. I dont want to use casual colors)... I'm so confused...
See how they choose perfect colors?
harrie5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey there! The most important part of choosing colours  is using your eyes - studying theory can make it quicker to find the right colours, but it ultimately comes down to what looks pleasing to you.

Now, what pronouncedyou meant in their tutorial about matching colours to your browns is based on the tint of the brown.

Brown is really just a way of describing a dark, desaturated colour that could be found on this end of the spectrum…

if you darken and desaturate the wheel, you'll see that they all become various shades of brown…

Choosing colours to match your brown just means choosing a colour scheme type and choosing colours around that. You can see the different types and play around with the colour schemes using this site!
So, if we have ourselves a brown, we want to choose our scheme type. So for example, lets try a triadic scheme.  When we choose colours, we want to move the colour picker over to the areas that would make the triangle points and just pick different colours until they look kinda nice together.
We could do the same thing with an analogous scheme!

The thing you do want to avoid doing is keeping the colours at the same value and saturation, as that makes them more likely to clash. So if you move the picker around the wheel and the colours clash, move the picker around in the selector until they look nice together.

Play around with the colour scheme designer site so you can learn the different types of colour schemes, and then try them out in your own art! All they do is give you a rough idea as to where abouts on the wheel you want to choose your colours from.
the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
That's amazing... I have to study and save what you said, because is very helpful! Thank you so so so much!! :D
the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
I didn't understand nothing.... T______________T
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you're very welcome :)
wolfbud101 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's a lot take in.
But its very informings  
UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Quite helpful.
Ferions Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That is a must-read.... very useful!!!
ResidentialPsycho Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally!  An explanation on why all of my people look like plastic figures!
KawaiiTsuyu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I will try to use your advices about color in my future drawings! thank you very much for helping begginers!!! Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) 
AdventageousLizards Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O reading through this has taught me more than any art class I've ever been to. Seriously, I've been looking for something like this for a long time.
Saloame Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I love your tutorial it's really helpful :)
rozichka Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial - I found it very useful, especially on palette decisions :)
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:d you're welcome
FJolliff Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually really in depth for such a short tutorial! Congrats to you on the DD, you really deserve it!

I just hope I can remember all of this for my college color theory class... It'll make it so much easier!
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank you!
FJolliff Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lilylighty Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just saying, that in the second paragraph when you were talking about the outer ring, you made to mistakes, the Outter Ring, instead of Outer Ring, and then the first hue you said Huge.
DeSom-The-Conqueror Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I must thank you<3 This has been a great guide!
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awwies thank you!
TripleRainbowDash Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :heart:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
welcome :D
georgie25 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
O how I appreciate this! Thanx so much.
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :3
jak-teh-ripper Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is incredibly useful and relevant to my interests.
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you ^^.. i think.
MekoNekoAnime1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful Thank You!! =D
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MekoNekoAnime1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
derpychan14 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help me a lot. LOL. it seems complicated at first. . . ..
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
XD i'm glad you found it helpful
im42nut2 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
an interesting result in the rbg system is that blue and green make yellow (as in your tv screen); whereas in the rby system blue and yellow make green (as in mixing paint)
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