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Art Tutorial: Color Theory by Xadrea Art Tutorial: Color Theory by Xadrea
I've been planning since last year to do a color theory tut and now here it is!:la:
fella is courtesy of ¢greatLP
put together in the GIMP
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:iconroboman28:
Roboman28 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Curiously you picture is what I used to think.
The primary colours in paint are red, yellow and blue. If you mix yellow and blue you get green.
Then in a physics lesson I was told that
the three primary colours with light are are red, green and blue.
If you ADD red and green you get yellow.
Not sure how a digital art painting programme would work if you mix red and green.
Would you get yellow or brown?
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The physics of color are completely different from artistic conventions and pigment mixing. For example, why would it make any sense to put purple "next to" red on the color wheel when they are on the furthest wavelengths of the range of our sight? Only because blue pigment and red pigment happen to produce purple. :shrug: It's really confusing. Complimentary colors are the same: we just "happen" to think they look good together. Though it may be similar to music chords in the sense that their proportional wavelength difference might be similar . . .? It's really confusing, anyway. How do you get purple and orange in physics, by the way?

I think digital art programs are built to "act" the similar to paint, not actual light. A quick experiment on Gimp yeilded brown from red and green, though I had to lower the green's opacity more than red. (They most certainly did NOT make yellow. XDDD) When I tried yellow and blue they didn't really blend, just overpowered each other.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes yes, that's perfectly true as well, but I'm being practical as in mixing paint, crayons, colored pencils ect...the basics lol
computer color is cmyk (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) so im not sure about that lol
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Lancerey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
I've had this sitting in my inbox for awhile now, because I haven't had time to comment, but now I do!

This is VERY helpful, especially for people like me who have a tough time with colour theory (because I just plain forget about it when painting), and I thought there'd be more stuff like this in DeviantMentor (that's how I saw this; I'm in that group).

This is the first useful thing I've seen out of that group that fits with the idea of mentoring and learning. I joined that group to learn stuff like this, so your contribution is really something of a diamond in the rough for me. Thank you for adding this.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
im glad that you found this tut so helpful:la: i think we could use some more "formal" art tutorials that teach the basic basics ^ ^
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice theory!!! I Love it!!!

I'm gonna learn from more from the web you gave there.

:meditate:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ur welcome :heart:
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice theory!!! I Love it!!!

I'm gonna learn from more from the web you gave there.

:meditate:
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice theory!!! I Love it!!!

I'm gonna learn from more from the web you gave there.

:meditate:
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whenthemooncriedout Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
this is very informative. Thank you
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ur welcome =D
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whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Ah yes you can also make tones by adding grey to any color. I learned that in color theory.
Thanks for sharing.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yup sure can ^ ^ as long as you've got the full spectrum, you can mix as much as u want ^ ^
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whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
very true.
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Kiki7o7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
This is great help^^ Do you know what colours compliment/contrast with brown please?? I'm stuck!
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
it depends on the amount of blues reds and yellows are in your browns. For example a burnt sienna shade would compliment well with green or blue hues because there is a lot of red in that shade of brown. I hope that helps you out ^ ^
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Kiki7o7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Okayy, I'll remember that ^^ Thanks
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
no prob =D
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KireGnauh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
wat i never got was why most colors in programs like gimp and photoshop give a red/green/blue value, instead of red yellow and blue
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
the reason they do that is because its the color model for the display of images in electronics like tvs for example, in this case a computer. rgb are the primary colors for light =)
artistically speaking, the reason red yellow and blue are primary is because they are the only colors in the rainbow that don't need to be mixed to exist as their own hues ^ ^
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KireGnauh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
oh i see...
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Sir-Drago Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
LOL aww, this tut makes me happyyy :D
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconyaaayplz: glad to help u out ^ ^
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Sir-Drago Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
XD ohh ahaha yes, it helped me to remember the theory but it mmake me happy because of the colors and the artist fella :iconiloveitplz:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh lol yup fella is a cute lil artist no?
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Sir-Drago Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
yeaahh :iconexcitedplz:
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zananeichan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
This also follows the concept of the "Flower of Art" if you see my journal page :heart: but in the mode and use of colour :heart: :-) based on "Flower Of Life" which is embedded in the Symbol of Infinity(sacred geometry/universal geometric laws of quantum physics), which could also plot the six platonic solids :-) :heart: , beautifull work, love what you have done :-) :hug: :heart:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you =D and that is very interesting =D
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zananeichan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Its a pleasure and thank you, Much Love and huggles :heart: :love:
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
no prob =D
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zananeichan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Its a pleasure :hug: :love:
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x8-AtomicAbi-8x Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I LOVE colour theory! <3
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
me too!:la:
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x8-AtomicAbi-8x Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It means more rainbowsss!!!
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
YUS.:iconanimefaceplz:
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:iconcavine:
Cavine Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
very nice way of showing the color wheel :D you did a very nice job :D
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
why thank u :heart:
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Cavine Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
np :)
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wolffoetowtech Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the tutorial
Even if i knew all of this already
Its going in my learning center folders
and it may be included in a up date to a news article series i will do time to time.
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks =D
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wolffoetowtech Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
any time
keep up the good work
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
will do :hug:
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wolffoetowtech Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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Mastersanosa Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You can get a very vivid sierra brown by mixing together all three primaries
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yup =D
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SparkZBolt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For all the people who slept in 6th grade art class! (JK)
Nice tut!
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:shakefist:darn slackers!
lol thanks
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terrabird7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student General Artist
pretty colors ^U^
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:iconxadrea:
Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! i actually painted this color wheel two years ago for a design class :XD: i didnt really come up with the idea of making a tutorial for color theory until now :rofl:
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terrabird7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student General Artist
lol atleast it came in handy
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