The Secrets to Drawing: Color

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Lesson Description

A look at the three parts of color theory and how it influences color choices in our drawings. Concepts covered include: the color wheel, primary, secondary, tertiary, color values, color intensity, psychological effects of color, color schemes, monochromatic, complementary, color triads, color tetrads, analogous, warm, cool, split complementary.

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  1. For all I love doing black & white pencil artworks, I’m also intrigued with colour and this lesson was quite fascinating especially how colours affect our emotions which I knew a bit about but it’s still fascinating all the same.

  2. Kinda simplistic presentation of just one out of many color theories. Newton invented this color wheel for light rays – not for paints. Artists use pigments, not light for painting. Pigments are much more complicated atomic light filters than is the monochromatic light assumed for color theories. And of course red or blue can be mixed: just add magenta and cyan to the palette. And finally, color only is a mental experience produced solely by our nervous system and a few types of photo receptors in the eyes. Considering all this, any artist who sticks to a color theory puts a lid on his or her artistic reservoir.

  3. I usually use Titanium white but what black do you recommend? Blacks can be mixtures of different colours. Say for instance – Paynes Grey. Thanks.

    • Hi Donald,

      You can. Just click on the “Curriculum” tab under the video. All the lessons from the course are listed. Just click on the one that you wish to watch.

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