Getting a Handle on Color
Hey guys. Lately I've really tried to sit down and get a proper understanding of color theory and how different colors are effected under different lighting conditions. I've got a fairly good understanding of anatomy, along with grey scale value work, but it's the color and lighting that I really get stuck on. And I was hoping that some of you might be able to help me out with it or possibly give me an indication of weather or not I am heading in the write direction with my practice and study (or what I should be doing for practice and study.)
I guess the main problems I am coming up against is:
1. Picking good colors, and appropriate color palettes. I'm not sure if I'm just not good at picking colors or if I simply just need more experience and practice, but when I look at the colors other artists have picked for their work and compare it to my own, my color choices seem so amateur. Am I giving myself a hard time over this for nothing? I just can't tell looking at my own work. Is there any tips someone out there you might have to offer on how to pick good color choices, how many colors I should be using in a painting.
Color palettes analysed from other artists, which unfortunately I have a great deal of trouble with when coming up with my own color schemes.
As you can see in the image above, the palette I originally chose came out with very little contrast, which needed to be corrected through adjusting the curves and color balance in photoshop. Which is often the case with my work.
It's as if I am not able to get the correct light to dark value when working in color, where as with my grey scale value studies I am fairly content with my confidence in achieving this.
2. And different colors under different lighting conditions. This is a major issue I'm trying hard to get my head around. I'm never sure how much I should let the color of the light effect the local color of the objects within the scene? And exactly how does the color of the light effect the color choices I make for the different colors on that object. This whole topic seems quite complex. Sometimes I wonder if I am thinking about all this too much, but I feel if I can piece together this jigsaw and get some feedback/clarity on the studies I've been working on from you guys, maybe I will be able to better direct the outcome of my colored paintings. What am I missing here?
I've seen the amazing work produced by the members of this community, and it is inspiring to say the least. It is what pushes me to succeed and get better; to evolve as an artist. Which is why it would be so valuable to learn some of the wisdom you've gained through your own experiences. Any advice or critique will be greatly appreciated.