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Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou
This is a basic color tutorial. I'm sure a lot of you guys learned this in school, so it's basically a refresher course. Or it's more of a "put one foot into the door" sort of course. This is definitely no where near an end-all-be-all tutorial. I suggest everyone to look up multiple tutorials and draw from many places to learn. I encourage you to continue to investigate color theory, because we never really stop learning.

I've learned so much since writing this, and I hope you do, too.

Please note that I did not include every color combination ever, this was just mostly a general idea tutorial. Take what you learn and apply it to your own art. I know this is under traditional, but it is used for every type of art.

Thanks to everyone who responded to [link] ! I tried to include a lot of the combinations you guys liked. ;)

~totorochic linked some great websites for reference:
[link] this is a link for color harmonies in popular logos
[link] and this is a color scheme chooser.

The greatest way to learn color is to practice a lot, so get out there and practice <3~

Please also note that this mostly uses RGB model as opposed to CMYK, which is vastly different. If you're into digital art, look up a CYMK model of colors!

I find that gouache is the best paint to use to learn color theory, so grab some and test it out for yourself.
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[Stock & Resources] Color Theory Crash Course by *pronouncedyou ( Suggested by Mauser712 and Featured by Elandria )
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav:
bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial (or whatever you want to call it :B)
SaphireKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! This is really helpfull :)
kairinaminemix Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks fo this! I'm more of a pencil artist but I'm gradually trying to work my way into getting knowledge of color since I'm so bad at it... tee-hee
HCShannon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think all artists should know this!
Sweartoad Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I needed to be refreshed :D
kassieisabap Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
this is really cool...
airealataiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is genius, extremely well put together, incredibly helpful, and simple but HIGHLY effective. Everything on here is useful, clearly visible, and easy to access and understand. This is exactly what I was looking for when I searched for color theory and I'm very impressed. Great job!
Azley Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant, thanks a lot!
I'll try this out with a new coloring - I'm always unsure how to pick good shade colors when I color something and end up stealing with the colorpick from other pics I like (=p) So I hope I'll soon be able to set matching colors on my own =)

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