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Color Schemes: Triadic by ArcherSemine Color Schemes: Triadic by ArcherSemine
Felt like doing some more tutorials. This time I'm covering color schemes. I categorized this as misc. because it's not restrictive to digital vs. traditional medium, or to any particular program. Anyone can use this information.

Color Scheme: Basics [link]
Color Scheme: Warm and Cool [link]
Color Scheme: Analogous [link]
Color Scheme: Complementary [link]
Color Scheme: Split-Complemetary [link]
Color Scheme: Square Tetrad [link]
Color Scheme: Rectangular Tetrad [link]
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the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Please, can you explain more easily? I dont understand.. I choose a brown to color hair of a manga lineart. Now, from brown, how can I understand what other colors to pick up?

I dont understand when I can choose tertiary colors, or 4 colors (with the square inside the color weel) etc.. you use 3 colors , but based on what ? Why people use different forms (triangles, squares, rettangles) etc.. to decide colors? And what about me? What colors and how to really choose them?

Please.. someone can help me?  I'm very confused.. everyone and even in Japanese magazines they  talk about a scheme color and how to pick up colors that match each others... but still i don't understand how to picking colors, based to that color weel...
I read this tutorial, but I have just confusion of colors and nothing else.
  I'm so confused...
See how they choose perfect colors? these magazine explain, but I dont understand japanese..... please help ? :((
ArcherSemine Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, just take a deep breath and calm down.

Black, brown (brunet), yellow (blond), and subdued reds are naturally occurring colors in human hair. You do not need to decide your color scheme based on these natural colors. If your character has an non-traditional color for hair, like pink or blue for example, you would need to include that color in your color scheme.

The number of colors you use in a drawing is completely up to you. You can use two colors or even ten colors if you desire. These color schemes are not rules, but simply guidelines.

In the case of a triadic color scheme, "tri" is simply a prefix meaning "three," so a triadic color scheme simply means a color scheme using three colors on the color wheel. Now, an analogous color scheme also uses three colors. The difference is that analogous colors sit next to each other on the wheel (three colors in a row). Triadic colors are three colors equal distance from each other on the wheel. The triangle (again, "tri" because three points and three sides) is simply a shape that helps you identify colors that are equal distance from each other.

It's the same thing for tetrad color schemes. Tetrad is a noun that means "four." If you want to use four colors, a tetrad scheme can help you pick four that will look nice together. The square shape (four points, four sides) is again simply a visual tool you can use to choose four colors equal distance from each other on the wheel. The rectangle (four points, four sides) is another shape option for finding four colors that look good together.
Ooupoutto Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Let one colour dominate and the other two act as accents"
Probably the best, and most genius advice I have heard. It make so much sense now! I've been using highlights, but not in right prportions.
Genius !
SageMint Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Very helpful! Thank for making these. For whatever reason I forgot some of the lessons I had in color theory the previous semester lol. These tutorials supplement just nicely.
Charanty Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
That's very helpful. Thanks.
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