Tutorial tips for choosing a color palette

Tips for choosing color combinations for your artwork

Whether you are creating a new painting, illustration, or simply coloring a coloring page, one of the first decisions you will be faced with is creating a color palette for your artwork. It can be difficult to decide which colors to choose. There are many types of color palettes based on color theory, but we aren’t going to get into that in this article. In this article, we will give you a few tips for choosing color combinations for your artwork.

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The Art

There are a few things to consider when choosing color schemes for your art. First, consider the overall feel of the art you are going to create. Second, consider the specific elements of your art, subject matter, etc. Finally, you will need to take into consideration the colors available to you with the tools you are using. For example, digital art created in procreate or photoshop has many more colors options available than working non-digital with paper and colored pencils or paint.

1. Decide on the mood or feeling you want to convey with the artwork

When deciding on a color palette, it is important to think about the mood or feeling you want to achieve with your art. This can be based on the theme or subject matter of your artwork, what you are trying to express, or simply how you want the viewer to perceive your work.

Any color can be used to achieve a mood or feeling, for example, pale or pastel shades of blues, greens, purples, and whites. These colors can be used to create a calming or peaceful atmosphere, or to convey a feeling of stillness. You may want to use a palette that is bold and vibrant or a more subtle palette that evokes a light and airy feeling.

2. Try a color palette that reflects the theme or subject matter of your art

If you are painting a landscape, for example, do you want to go with earth tones so your landscape looks more realistic or are your trying to create an imaginary landscape or even create another world, like science fiction art, where the colors aren’t what people would expect?

3. Experiment with different color combinations

When choosing colors for your artwork, it’s important to experiment with different color combinations to see what colors work well together. This will help you to find the colors that best match the mood and style of the art you are making. You may even come up with some totally new ideas that you weren’t planning on.

There are websites that have color palette generators where you can explore different palette ideas, like https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel

4. Look for inspiration in nature and everyday objects

When it comes to finding inspiration for art, many artists turn to nature or everyday objects for inspiration. Whether looking to capture the peacefulness of a sunrise or the vibrancy of a sunset, or the way the sunlight playfully shines through the tree leaves, inspiration can be found in a variety of sources. By looking at nature or everyday objects in a new way, an artist can create artworks that are unique and reflective of their own personal style.

In Conclusion

Choosing a color palette for your artwork can seem like a frustrating task, but it doesn’t have to be. Try out a few of the tips in this article, play and explore different color combinations. Then you will find the colors that will evoke the mood and feeling you desire for your art. After all, whatever kind of art you like to create, it should be an enjoyable experience.

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