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Last April we did Color studies
, where you use your magical powers of observation. This year I encourage you to do a few color studies, while also seeking out some information about color theory.
Color can vary from person to person, and in the digital realm it varies from monitor to monitor. Color has a bunch or rules that get broken so often that its hard to keep a grip on them. There are a ton of opinions out there about how it should work, what looks good and what doesn't, and how to approach choosing pallets. Whats important is to try and focus on resources that will give you the basic skills for increasing your ability to observe color.
Proko does a good job of breaking down what the terms mean here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TfAZt3O0sLY#t=231
Unfortunately Proko has yet to make a video purely focused on color theory But there are some books on the topic. I think that one of the most relevant is this one:http://www.amazon.com/Color-Light-Guide-Realist-Painter/dp/0740797719
The least opinionated advice you can get about color is going to be geared towards realism. Just like with any phase of drawing, striving to replicate reality will generally propel you forward very quickly. You want to start seeing those relationships with your own eyes, and then understand how/where/why artists exaggerate those relationships to make art.THINGS TO DO FOR THIS ENRICHMENT-Color Studies
Advice on doing these, from AoB:
For these exercises, try to keep your rendering simple and broad, without going into much detail. Try not to spend more than a few minutes on your rough sketch, and instead try to work exclusively with color. I would suggest working more with opaque blocks of color to encourage you to be bold and decisive with your color decisions, rather than trying to "sneak up" on a color by using transparency, airbrushes, excessive blending, or Photoshop blend modes.
Remember- use color to capture the mood and the light, not the details!
Study from photos, life, master paintings, whatever.-Palette Swapshttp://texahol.blogspot.ca/2013/05/some-more-thoughts-about-thinkingabout.html
Set up your character so you can try different color schemes on them. Work on using Photoshop to your advantage when it comes to choosing and adjusting colors.-Palette extraction
Find an image you like, study it, take out the colors, and use it to mock up a new image.-Make Color Wheels
If you are a painter with real paint, making color wheels is a thing you should do. Learn what your paints do when you mix them together!Links And junk
That Dota PDF: http://media.steampowered.com/apps/dota2/workshop/Dota2CharacterArtGuide.pdfhttp://artanecdotally.tumblr.com/search/colorhttps://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/http://colorschemedesigner.com/