I have always struggled with colour, I am slowly getting better but I still shy away from it. I think what I hate is I can never capture the mood I want, I never know how a colour is supposed to change with regards to a situation.
I have been training my eye regularly and I feel I am getting somewhere, but is there a something I miss? When I use grey-scale I get the detail I want but no colour, when I apply colour I am now getting the colour but no detail. Is there a specific technique that I haven't heard of that would allow me to combine the two.
Any help on the matter would be much obliged, thank-you
I would suggest to start by keeping it simple. Doing a value study does
not have to be in literal gray-scale. I choose the tone I want and paint
within that as a base.
Look at the scenario you are depicting and decide if it needs warm or cold
tones. Draw out the scene first in pencil or a simple brush, adding in all the
detail you want, then paint over that (or under depending on your layer
preferences) Block in the big shapes, define your lighting and start adding
details. Don't rush it, keep your colours simple. Try using a close palette
of just four colours, paint those as blobs on a separate layer and resist
any urge to select anything outside of those four. Use the range of those
colours to create interesting contrasts.
That's one method I like anyway.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice, I will look into doing some limited pallet drawings, as well as trying to take colours from life drawing. Also when I mentioned the lack of detail I mean I am better at getting the range, and tones to indicate detail through shadow ect. I can't seem to do that when using colours
I hope that makes sence
As a fellow beginner I would like to suggest that you work with acrylics or something traditional rather than digitally- having trazillion colours in the palette is more distracting than anything.. but when you start with 6 colours and you have to actually, physically mix them, you learn so much more.
True for me at least- good luck.
youre confusing the terms here.
value - light/dark property of any color
hue - red/green/blue/peach/whatever (where its located on the colorwheel)
chroma - intensity/saturation
visit david briggs' site! > huevaluechroma.com
@briggsy@ashtons - I now understand what you are saying, I think so yes. But the problem is I only like using one colour. so I would use all different shades of yellow, not understanding that other colours would come into use.
@LordLouis - I have always been a sketch artist. I get very uncomfortable with paints. I am a video games design student so when I have some excess money I will put your theory into practice, thanks for the advice.