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Color theory is an important component when it comes to understanding colors and how to apply them for your digital painting. Let's dive into it !

Color theory explanation

Definition of color theory :

Color theory is a bunch of concepts and theory. Rules and guideline about how an artist can use colors to provoke balance, harmony and certain feelings in the eye of a viewer. We'll retain only four concept of color theory. The color wheel, color harmony and how context can affect colors. Also called as ''relativity'' and last but not least color psychology.
The first attempt at making color wheel through history

Different configuration and combinaison of colors

Monochromatic

A monochromatic configuration is easy and efficient when you are a beginner or when you want to keep your painting simple. The advantage is that you just control saturation and value of a color. If these two terms seems unknown to you, we made this article : How to understand colors easily 
Contrast is a dangerous weapon that can be flipped toward the person who use it. You can burn your colors or use two values/hue that aren't harmonious. That's why analogous colors combinaison has been created. it's particularly efficient to create calm atmosphere by using tones that are near the main color you choose. 

Analogous colors

Few examples :

Complementary colors

Complimentary colors are the most usual color combinaison you can find on artwork. But what you surely don't know is how you can use it properly.
Color theory is an important component when it comes to understanding colors and how to apply them for your digital painting. Let’s dive into it !

Color theory explanation

Definition of color theory :

Color theory is a bunch of concepts and theory. Rules and guideline about how an artist can use colors to provoke balance, harmony and certain feelings in the eye of a viewer. We’ll retain only four concept of color theory. The color wheel, color harmony and how context can affect colors. Also called as ”relativity” and last but not least color psychology.
The first attempt at making color wheel through history

Different configuration and combinaison of colors

Monochromatic

A monochromatic configuration is easy and efficient when you are a beginner or when you want to keep your painting simple. The advantage is that you just control saturation and value of a color. If these two terms seems unknown to you, we made this article : How to understand colors easily 
Contrast is a dangerous weapon that can be flipped toward the person who use it. You can burn your colors or use two values/hue that aren’t harmonious. That’s why analogous colors combinaison has been created. it’s particularly efficient to create calm atmosphere by using tones that are near the main color you choose. 

Analogous colors

Few examples :

Complementary colors

Complimentary colors are the most usual color combinaison you can find on artwork. But what you surely don’t know is how you can use it properly.
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