One of the first things to learn when it comes to your art journey is the understanding of color theory.
Color theory is the technique use to create combinations of colors.
Before we dive deeper let’s go over colors.
Primary Colors consist of red, yellow and blue. These colors are considered primary because they can not be created by mixing other colors.
Primary Colors on the color wheel
Secondary colors are green orange and purple. They are created from the combination of red, yellow and blue.
When all of the six colors are combine they make a color wheel.
Now that we have a color wheel consisting of primary and secondary colors, we can now expand on this by learning about the relationship between the colors.
Tertiary colors expand on the color wheel because they are colors that are mixed from primary and secondary colors.
Complementary colors site directly opposite from each other on the color wheel. For example, orange is opposite of blue so they complement each other. Understanding complementary colors is also great to understand especially when it comes to painting. When it comes to complementary colors if you were to mix them they would mute each other or turn brown. Brown is a beautiful color but if you are trying to create a color that isn’t brown it’s best to mix colors that aren’t complementary of each other.
Triadic colors are colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. Figure 1 shows that orange-yellow, green-blue and red-purple are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
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Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. In figure 2, blue, blue-purple and violet are right next to each other.
Monochromatic colors are color schemes that consists of a variation of a colors, tint, shades and tones. In figure 3, you can see how blue-green changes once white, gray and black is mixed with it.
Tints is a color mixed with white.
Tones are colors mixed with gray.
Shades are colors mixed with black.
Colors can be compared to temperatures. Red, orange often represent warmth so they are considered warm colors.
Blues, greens and purples are cool colors.
Color theory is the technique of understanding colors and how they work with one another. There are primary colors that include red, blue and yellow. These colors cannot be created from mixing colors. Secondary colors are colors that are made from the mixture of red, blue and yellow.
Colors can be complementary of one another, triadic and monochromatic. They are even compared to warmth and cool colors.
I know this may be a lot to take in so I have created a color theory cheat sheet that you can download here.
Would you like to learn more about color theory. Check out the color theory 101 workbook. A 15 page interactive workbook that goes over primary, secondary and more. Get your printable copy by clicking on the images below.
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Creating can be fine and overwhelming at the same time, especially if you are going the DIY approach.
Creating doesn’t have to be hard and I want to help you with unleashing that untapped talent of yours. What better way to share the things and resources I have used along the way to help you on your own creative journey.
Creating is not necessarily a talent, it also involves dedication in enhancing your skills.
Although I am not formally educated in the arts, I have found investing in classes has really helped me learn new skills on top of improving the skills I already possess.
One of the best things you can do is invest in yourself, and if you believe you can do something, takes the steps needed to accomplish whatever your heart desires.
It took me years to hone in on my craft and I am still learning and I want to help you unleash your own artistic talent so I have created a list of resources that I have used to help me enhance my skills, help me with projects and more!
Skillshare is a learning platform with online classes taught by everyday people all around the world. They are masters in their field.
What I love about Skillshare is that it is structured like a online class with practice activities, projects, and class materials and resources.
If you are creative looking to learn or enhance a particular skill, Skillshare is one of the best places to learn about drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design and more!
Skillshare has helped me in so many ways and I still use it til this day. Don’t take my word for it though, try it out, and if you click on the image you can sign-up for a free trial and see for yourself how awesome this platform is.
If you are a DIY or a new business owner that needs branding, Canva is a great start.
Create beautiful designs with Canva’s user-friendly drag and drop features.
Canva was the first design program I used when I first started out in my business and I still use it from time to time.
Canva also has a variety of templates for all your social media needs for free and with Canva Pro you can customize your branding even more with your brand colors, fonts and upload your own photos and videos and also gain access to photos, illustrations and animations. So if you are ready to go full-force with your designing skills, Canva pro is a great start.
Canva is a great tool to get you started when it comes to DIYing your graphics and logos but it can only take you so far. If you are looking into creating logos as a side hustle, you will need to invest in tools that will produce graphics for your clients that are a lot more forgiving and also scalable. No one wants a pixelated logo.
Here is where Adobe Creative Cloud comes into play. Adobe has a wide variety of programs that ranges from document editing, photo manipulation, animation, video eding and illustrations.
If you are interested in starting a freelance creative business that includes logo designs, one thing to consider is that scalability. Basically if a client is needing to put their logo on printing material you want to make sure that regardless of the size of the print the logo won’t become pixelated. Adobe Illustrator is a great program to use for logo and helps solve this problem.
If you are a photographer and need to manipulate or enhance photos, Photoshop and Lightroom are great programs to use.
Into video editing? Adobe Premiere and After Effects will provide you with the tools needed to make some great videos and effects.
If you are interested in these software Adobe is offering free 30-day free trials on most of their programs. Check them out here!
Creating your projects and products can be fun once you have the resources available to make creating easier for you. These sites can help you not only learn how to create something new but they can also provide you with the tools needed to create your own works of art.
Draw a face may seem intimidating but once you understand the fundamentals you will end up draw faces in no time.
The shape of the head consist of a combination of a circle and oval. These two shape end of form an upside egg.
The next step is now where the features such as the eyes, nose, lips, and lay on the face. This is where facial proportion comes into play. The first thing you should do is divide the face in half and then break it up into three sections as shown below
The eyes fall in the middle line of the face with the corner of the eyes align with the outer nostrils of the nose.
You can then add the lips which align with the middle part of the eyes.
You can then finish the face by adding eyebrows eyeslashes and the ears which the top parts align with the base of the eyebrows.
Once you put all the features together you now have a face!
Need more practice? Access the How To Draw A Face workbook that includes step by step instructions and traceables. Now available in the Resource Library here along with more guides and coloring pages.