zurgetron answered: Your art always has such beautiful colours. Any advice on picking colour palettes?
since my colors are commented on alot or asked about- i thought i should make this it’s separate post- i generally like to pick a single base color and build a saturated color scheme around that.
but here are a couple other things and quirks i keep in mind. these were my own personal take-aways i carried over from school and work.
1. if you have your values and temperatures right- the colors you choose doesn’t matter! this is true of rendering- but also of design! (composition and characters) if you can pinpoint your focus via value and temperature- the rest is icing on the cake. if you take a look in my pastel boxes you can see this kind of arrangement:
2. warm light = cool shadows. cool light = warm shadows.
3.(this might not make sense now- but hold on) every color, despite it’s original temperature, has a cooler and warmer alternate version of itself.
4.although white and black are very useful and provide a really strong statement- don’t rely on them as a crutch when mixing colors- alternatively use saturated colored alternatives.
5. and here’s the kicker… if “realism” isn’t your goal… break whatever rules you need to to make it a more appealing piece! (ah, now here’s where 3 &4 make sense!) if you know HOW to break the rules via color- you manage to make colors work for you, not work for your colors. one instance i use this alot in is yellows- yellows can go really bad really fast when you try to mix cool or darker colors in- instead- i use oranges to go darker to make it feel more golden. it’s not accurate- but i love the vibrant alternative. this is also something i picked up at work- because of color compression- sometimes things just didn’t look nice or right- and i had to pick darker analogous colors to make assets work.
6. finally, like i said earlier, if you can, pick 1 main base color and build a scheme around it- not trying to make a scheme off alot of colors. if you look at some of my more successful pieces you can say “the main color of that is…” (purple, blue, cyan, orange, reddish-brown)
so.. knowing all these things.. this is what my color picker choices look like in photoshop:
i tend to stay in the saturated zone but use all the values and then i slide the hue selector up and down for temperatures.
hope this explains enough of what i do- it’s not necessarily a tutorial or anything- it’s just some things i personally keep in mind.
Originally from Scribbles