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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Color Harmony by trotroy HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Color Harmony by trotroy
I've started this ages ago, I'll just finish this now before New Year

A lot of people ask me how I pick my colors. These are basically my rubrics when color picking.

I hope this helps anyone out there!

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Nx3Fox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
Again mighty useful stuff.
Well done. Some good examples and a nice taste.

Thanks again for making and sharing.
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doodlesz808 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that someone actually explained to me how to use colors properly without so much technical words... It sounds easier to do... Well I better get practicing :P 
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That's a sign to study up on color theory! It's interesting stuff :D
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doodlesz808 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is... One quick question though... You were mentioning about colors affecting each other when there is a background and light? How do you make your colors saturated enough to make it seem that those components are affecting the colors?? If ya get my drift... 
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Perhaps saturated isn't the term, more on the strength of a certain light. Everything reflects light (maybe except dark objects). The stronger the light is on an object, the more color it reflects on other objects. Just observe your surroundings and you'll see how the colors of stuff affect others. A good example is the sky: it's blueness affects the colors of other objects in the shade
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doodlesz808 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh sorry I didn't really understand the technicalities of color... But okay, will do. Yes, I noticed that depending on the sun or moon light the sky color changes... I just can't seem to get my color palette to make those colors... I have a hard time changing the strength of the color and finding shades... Maybe I just need more observation i dunno :P 
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yup! You're on the right track. Just observe more from real life and try doing painting studies of other drawings so that you can figure out how colors work more
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doodlesz808 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Got you! Thank you for the advice I needed it a lot... I just recently gotten into digital art so yeah. WELL THANKS FOR EVERYTHING DOE!!! :D (Big Grin) Heart Hug 
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Goodluck with learning digital art!
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Estellanara Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Wow, brilliant idea to put in black and white to see contrast !! That is so helpful !
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Kai-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student General Artist
God bless your face
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LunarStarwhisper Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
And at last I see the liiiight Ran Crying Icon 
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Akimune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one helpful tut! Thankies!
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trotroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh this is definitely something I need to practise! Thanks for sharing :blowkiss:
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TheImaginationGirl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah...I can't seem to understand this topic at all..maybe this is the reason my art is such a fail?
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just keep going. Perhaps you can start with basic coloring!
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TheImaginationGirl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alright!~
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StephaniaArts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I love how you phrase things XD I wish more tutorials would  take this humoristic approach, makes it fun and not so dry and boring
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Emmerd Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely tutorial, thanks for the tip about checking your contrast by putting it in black and white. 
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Aetherya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS

IS WHAT I NEEDED :iconimcryingsomuchplz:

Thank you very much!!
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WorldExplorer296 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this! I will try sometime ^^
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annarcky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just because this is an art tutorial doesnt mean you can use art without sourcing it.
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TheStrayLiger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh gosh this is so good. I was trying to explain to some friends at uni about how the choice of colors affect volumes but I just couldn't and sdflkajdfasd  I thought I understood but I was lying to myself all along.:iconpapcryplz:
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BMLulu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oooh, thank you so much for this! I'm just starting to learn lighting, so I didn't know this stuff before. It's sure to come in handy!
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AZNcelly Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Yay! Another tutorial! Thank you for the tips!
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Luzura Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so helpful! Thanks for making this ^^
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Thank you! :D
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primavistax Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
tnx!^^ I just need this!XD
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HeiwaDerpyFapJima Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.
Allow me to thank you while I'm at the floor kissing your shoe.
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Ainoyu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks, this is quite useful!
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amuupon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just what I needed, thank you! :heart:
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PandasWings Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice thank you!

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AlbinoRice Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is exactly what I need!
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oinkwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tips! it actually helps a lot to go back to the basics to review em then reach out to go past your comfort zone and extend your knowledge! which i think was what this tutorial has done for me! im off to my drawing board to experiment with your theories! salamat po!!! > w < <3
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lahcas Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this! :D
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Xiana-Tsuya Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks for posting how to know the colors.
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Linnzy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will be very helpful.Thanks!
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Caecin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist
This is exactly what I need, thank youuu >___<;;
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RandomDraggon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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smallbiscuit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
"Drawings belong to their respective artists" isn't adequate credit. If you don't know the sources, then you don't use them- And even if you did credit them properly, you shouldn't ever use someone else's art in something like this without their explicit permission in addition to real sourcing. Which means you need to tell them what you're doing, ask if they're okay with it, since their art is their property, and ONLY use it if you get the okay to do so. As an artist, yourself, you should know this.
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm well aware buddy, these artists are leagues and leagues above me and I want to show their work for learning purposes only. It's the internet and these works really get around

Anywho, credit is at description! Thanks for the concern!
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PetiteFox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great :3
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NishinoKioshi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! Thank you! I am a dummy! 
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Nekooutrage Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice of you share and help others
Very clever way of explaining
Thanks for sharing with us
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chocolatejunkie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
WOW super useful, thank you so much!
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Riiloseah Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you seriously just say "drawings belong to their respective artists"?!?!?! You are an artist yourself!!! You should know better!! Source that shit man.
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trotroy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
sorry, they're just from my inspiration folder. they're just weird names right now lol
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HyraxAttax Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
Google Image Search.  Click the camera icon.  Upload image.  Search.
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yorkchop Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
All sorts of people are jumping on your shit about this (and while I agree that the work should be sourced, there's better ways to go about it than jumping down your throat).  Anyway, I pull a bunch of stuff from the internet and shove it into inspiration folders too.  A lot of times the artist of the piece gets lost in the process.

BUT!  Google has a way you can search via image which is totally neat.  You can just upload the picture to imgur or another image hosting site, put the URL into google, hit search, then hit "search by image" and it should show you the source.  Pretty nifty for this kind of stuff!  Tineye.com is also useful for backwards image searching. 
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