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Okay, I wish this could be a hundred pages longer. Color's such an intense and complex subject, there's so much that you can do with it...

Also I'm a little less than impressed with how the colors look when I switch to my other monitor after having drawn on the Cintiq. That always irks me, monitor differences :/

I didn't want to type it out because I think more about what I'm saying when I write it, and when I type I tend to ramble. Like now, I guess.

Anyway, if this helps even a couple of people, then it was worth the hours I spent on it. I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone has, to the best of my ability. If you want to tell me I'm wrong about something, OK, but make sure it's only a factual thing we're discussing. Color is completely up to each person, so let it be something factual if you'd like to debate something I've said.

Anyway... Yeah, thanks a ton to *YooMe for compiling all the images for me and making little buttons and the preloader and stuff. I don't know how to work Flash very well.

Also, if flash doesn't work for you, Eevee uploaded it in a simple format for me: [link]

And, here's the last page with sample palettes: [link]

I hope it's useful to you guys!

Edit: fixed a problem with the color wheel


Edit again: I understand, RBY is a bit outdated. Perhaps in another iteration I can include RBG and CYM, though it doesn't matter as long as you understand how they relate to each other, really.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-11-05
How I See Color - A Tutorial by =purplekecleon has spent the past few days flooding my inbox with DD suggestions from so many deviants that I figured I should feature it before they start a revolt against me! ;P It's a highly informative and thought provoking Flash presentation on color theory. This Daily Deviation was suggested by *ZulayaWolf, ~HarajukuLoversMusic, *chu00master, ~sketchLark, =Bhansith, =MzzAzn, *alicexz, `PearlEden, =Kikariz, ~dumcuibap, ~shadowsblood360, *NMNA...

(...And a few others to whom I am sorry that your names were accidentally and irretrievably deleted because my brain sucks.)

( Featured by FantasyStock )
A-Blue-Bubble Featured By Owner 3 days ago
i have never found a colour tutorial as helpful as this anywhere ever, i could hug you right now, thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world, i appreciate it a lot
arnjeca Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
This is great; thank you for sharing this complication! The color theory is sound and examples helpful, but it's really difficult to read the handwritten text--took me twice as long to read and it was very hard on the eyes. This would be a much more valuable resource if it were displayed in organized text instead.
Congrats on the Daily Deviation!
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
gasp  all these things that i didn't know.
Dynamocha Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I really love this tutorial! :D It deserved the DD!
Kindlign Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist
This was SUPER helpful and interesting :D Thank you very much!
ichigoberrychan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this is really helpful!! :love:
BagelDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
CookiiMii Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there ! 
Recently I've kinda gotten stuck with my art. 
I knew I had to improve, and I knew I was missing something important, but I couldn't quite figure out why. 
Even if my lineart looked incredible, the moment I colored it, it looked like a child's drawing. 

But now that I've read this tutorial, I came to understand all the mistakes I made ! 
I had no idea that the right use of colors could improve your work as much as this ! 

Thankyou so much for making this long and detailed "tutorial", it was really intresting to read and I think I understand everything a bit better now! 
I'll read it a few more times though, but it's a great help for me and I'm all excited to start a new drawing now, using the right colors and shading :D 


purplemindmusic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  New member
Hey there, I'm not an artist myself, but I'm a musician and a beginner composer. This helped me really, really a lot understand the basics of colors and how they work. For me, a musician, this is incredibly interesting. I love it. :D
llamauniversal Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome but at a certain point my brain just refused to read anymore my head was killing me from this intense load of information! Really good though!
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