Jul232017: Colour Picking

“I love your art ! Everything you draw is so pretty, I really love how you color ! I wanted to ask how you pick out your colors ? It’s so hard to choose a color pallet, I never know where to start.”

Asked by whalesharksart

Hey!! Sorry for taking 147328462 years to answer this.

This ask is going to be a bit hard for me to answer because the fact is that, I developed my colour sense really early on, and it’s been a mix of influences, passive absorption and instinct. When I start colouring I never prepare anything. I just go straight to the colour slider (or colour wheel, for some) and pick what’s already in my head.

The better way to approach this is, instead of trying to come up with a colour sense for an individual picture, think about finding a colour sense for yourself. As a general art thing. Figure out who you are and what you like.

What movies/shows do you watch where its colours appeal to you? For me I love brightly coloured films, but not too bright. There is a whimsicality in the choice and contrast of the colours. The Grand Budapest (any Wes Anderson film for that matter), The King’s Speech, The Fall, Pushing Daisies etc.

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What comics appeal to you? Whose artist’s colours you admire the most? Does something in real life catch your eye?

Study it. Study how you respond to the colours. What feelings are evoked? What feelings do you want for your work?

Why is the red standing out against the black? Is it to make your eyes immediately draw to the demon lady? Or is it to shock and surprise you with the boldness of its appearance? Or is it a representation of the monstrous feminine, associated with menstrual blood, so the focus on the demon, and the surprise created by the boldness of using red, hits you and contributes to the sense of horror? The horror of the female?

That kind of stuff.

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The Rabbi’s Cat

If you ask me….I don’t know about anyone else’s opinion, but I tend to use bright, bold colours, and I am not afraid to go on a colour explosion, though I have to have balance so it isn’t overwhelming. Lately I’ve been using a lot of pink, blue and purple, but that’s a specific quick to 21/22 year old me (my work in retrospect is defined by colour and age – when I was 17 I used a LOT of yellow, when I was 20, a lot of pastels). I just want witchy and calm, I guess.

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And hopefully you can see the influence in the materials I’ve provided here for my colour sense. This is just a small sample. I actually consume a lot of work with similar palettes, and purposely go searching for them.

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Beauty

Gaining a natural colour sense is a lot of studying, observing and passive influence. It’s exposing yourself to material you like and having a conversation with it through your art. It’s knowing what intent/feelings you want to convey and using your colours be your agents and tools.

Once you figure that out, and nail down an aesthetic, you don’t even have to think when it’s time for you to colour. It’s already ingrained in you.

http://film-palettes.tumblr.com/

http://moviesincolor.com/

http://naturalpalettes.tumblr.com/

 

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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