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Learn Color from Sailormoon
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Published: December 15, 2008
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I came up with this while thinking about color schemes.

I thought for fans of the show it would be easier to remember and people could really think about color and how it works.

Since Takeuchi-sensei is so good at it, why not!

Things to remember:

1. Play with the saturation of the colors.
If you notice Takeuchi-sensei's artwork evolution, she started to play with making some of the colors more saturated than others later on. =P She used a storyline to change Pluto's hair color and design. The more saturated colors will stick out. especially on unsaturated backgrounds. In fact, all saturated colors with the same level of brightness looks bad because everything is screaming look at me! (This is why book 2 is better than book 1 of the art collection and why she nailed monochromatic by book 4.)

2. Play with brightness of the colors.
Just because you picked something like split complimentary doesn't mean you have to use the same level of brightness on all of the colors. Mix it up. You can see that Takeuchi-sensei cheated a brown as a red.

3. Just because you chose a color scheme doesn't mean you have to stick 100% to it.
I chose *dominant colors* for this demonstration, but Takeuchi-sensei still manages to insert other colors, but they aren't as much as the color scheme in question.
[link] <-- red and green, complimentary, but look, she added purple despite the dominant colors.

[link] <-- yellow and red are the dominant colors, but she kept the colors of the eyes because in those amounts it won't intrude.

4. Try new color schemes out!
Don't get set in your ways. You can see that there was lots of experimentation with Sailor Saturn and Neptune. She also played with Sailor Chibimoon's color scheme as well, and decided to change it at a later date. You can also see she tried to experiment with one not on the chart! Even though she didn't like it and fudged with it, it was better than not trying at all. Manga and anime tend to limit their color palate, so keep that in mind.

Her favorites seem to be triadic, monochromatic, and complimentary. But she still tried others out.

I figure this way you'll learn better if you can remember by Sailor than by diagrams.
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KamihanakiStudent Digital Artist
I love this! I have trouble with color schemes, so this will be a lot of help, thanks!
lubanini's avatar
Nice job! This reminds me Itten´s theories of color.
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KinnoHitsujiHobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
JadineR's avatar
Ohh, interesting! I always knew she liked assigning certain colors, but this kinda brings it all home :)
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Bianca-JoHobbyist General Artist
Sorry to the smart people--I'm not much of an artist. What is the difference between saturated and unsaturated color? I'm sure I could look it up myself, actually.. but since I found this whole color-post intriguing, I figured that I'd go ahead and ask here since you folks know a lot about it. =]
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KinnoHitsujiHobbyist General Artist
*Correction the second deviation after this. Kousagi teaches Saturation and Brightness.
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Great! Thanks! I think that makes you my sensei, right? That means "tutor" or something, I think.
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KinnoHitsujiHobbyist General Artist
sen, before.
sei, life, born.
So technically, Born before. This is for teachers, doctors, professionals or someone you just admire that's older than you or someone you feel you can learn from/look up to that is not in your workplace or school.

^_^
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Oh! I see. =]
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Previous comment is my own. *blinks* You can see about Saturation from Kousagi, the next deviation. You should be able to pick it out from there.
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Thank you!
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jedi-gertHobbyist General Artist
I'd call that short triangle truncated triatic. :D But that's just the geek in me.
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Triadic is the first one I listed. The equilateral triangle.
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jedi-gertHobbyist General Artist
I know. The stumpy one would be a truncated triatic IMHO.
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[link] "3 colors at equal angles." Which the squat one isn't. *shrugs*
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trun·ca·ted (trngktd)
adj. 1. Having the apex cut off and replaced by a plane, especially one parallel to the base. Used of a cone or pyramid.

Used that deffinition in my descrption. Is it verbally technically correct, according to a geometry teacher, probably not. According to the english language, it's close enough to be understood by the general masses.

I'm not worried about making my geometry teacher happy in art class ;)
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No, but the fact that the triadic is by definition an equilateral triangle there is no way one could "truncate" it, because by geometry it's an Isosceles triangle, which by definition doesn't have equal right angles. Thus the definition would be something like a truncated Equilateral triangle, which would go against the definition of triadic and equilateral causing a mass paradox of sorts because it would be disproving itself.

So that's both from art, English AND math. Haha.
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jedi-gertHobbyist General Artist
Yah, but I didn't add in the equilateral part intentionally.

Think of it this way... a faggot is a cigarette to my english friend, a bundle of sticks to my French friend and my cousin Richie to me. It's all in how you look at it which is based on where you are from.

A triad is a group of three. Yes.. the technical deffinition of triadic is an aequilatteral triangle, but the word triad itself does not in any way specify this. It only means a group of three. The ic on the end of it in latin equates to style not specifically equlateral persay.

You're thinking too hard. Most people don't care about geometry.
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The problem is that the definition of what is triadic in art is:

An equilateral triangle on the color wheel. This pulls in geometry. Yes?

By saying "truncating triadic", you change the definition to this:
"An Equaltateral triangle on the color wheel with shortened sides."

You can see the paradox of that now? It is using art, geometry and the English language.

But even in an over-simplification, it's still a matter of art interacting with the english language. Can you really truncate an equilateral triangle?

*triadic* in the sense of geometry *may* be any three-sided object, but in *art* it is an equilateral triangle.

Don't worry though, if you want to mindlessly debate on the usages of the English language, I have pending degree in Cultural Anthro and have taken Culture and Language class. So I can go high into connotations with you. I'm not that shabby at geometry and I have enough graphics and art training to debate with you on specific word usages until you feel satisfied. ^.~

Anyway, it's inherent in the *art* definition of *triadic* that the term involves an equilateral triangle. Can you answer that? I know the art folk have always been crazy people coming third after engineering and language... ^.~ (A bit of human evolution trivia for you.) *shrugs* It's just semantics at this point.
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amiwakawaiidesu's avatar
I'm kind of color-challenged (and I've never been good at painting) so I appreciate this.
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kabochaHobbyist General Artist
Hey, this is pretty nifty.
I've been introduced to the idea of color theory before, but I've never really given it much thought in terms of my favorite manga.

Very informative~

Just one thing I could possibly suggest, though, is that perhaps you could add in thumbnails of the senshi -- or at least the portions of their outfit that correspond with the colors you've chosen.
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Believe me, I wanted to, but DA rules are strict, so if I posted it I'd get tagged, etc. ^_^

For others reading this message and agree, I assure you that you can look at: [link] I pulled all the color scheming from there.

But you can definitely learn a lot about color from analyzing your favorite works. Find out what color schemes, you personally like.

Some of her group shots also used color theory to compose them, not just basic associations. For example, book V, with the group Eternal Sailor Shots. I looked at the color wheel and found out the reason she composed them in that order. Pretty cool stuff. But it was difficult getting into that without a picture...
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SarahFordeProfessional Traditional Artist
Hehe I love the theme. :D Mind if I link to this form my otaku senshi help site?
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KinnoHitsujiHobbyist General Artist
I don't mind. ^_^ It's a link afterall.
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