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Understanding Color Theory in Concept Art and Illustration
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Released Sep 6, 2014
Ricardo Guimaraes

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Ricardo Guimaraes
Throughout these lessons you will gain a clear grasp of how to apply color theories using the color wheel. Often treated as an abstract subject, the color theory may pass unnoticed by less experienced artists.

This frequently causes a misuse of colors in some projects, and even a well drawn piece may be regarded as poor quality by the simple lack of understanding color theory. Over these lessons we'll learn how to understand and apply the color wheel in various situations. We'll learn how to plan and create color schemes for concept sketches and illustrations, how to establish a strong composition, how to mix colors and how to adequate color and tone, among many other things.

By the end of this tutorial, you will have the ability to plan and select colors and color harmonies for future projects.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:13
Understanding the color spectrum
2

Understanding the color spectrum

 
03:17
Discovering color and tone
3

Discovering color and tone

 
10:55
Applying complementary colors
4

Applying complementary colors

 
08:38
Creating harmony with triadic schemes
5

Creating harmony with triadic schemes

 
11:30
Using analogous and accented analogous colors
6

Using analogous and accented analogous colors

 
11:20
Creating warm color schemes
7

Creating warm color schemes

 
07:55
Creating cool color schemes
8

Creating cool color schemes

 
09:53
Understanding the color gamut
9

Understanding the color gamut

 
10:45
Selecting colors for a specific project
10

Selecting colors for a specific project

 
12:34
Generating color ranges from an image
11

Generating color ranges from an image

 
04:10
Starting our final concept sketch
12

Starting our final concept sketch

 
08:24
Finalizing our concept sketch
13

Finalizing our concept sketch

 
06:39