Our good friend, and really talented artist, Howard Lyon just posted a wonderful article on color theory on his blog.
Titled ‘Building Harmonious Color‘, Howard breaks down for his readers how to achieve a a cohesive color ‘scheme’ for a painting in very simple, easy-to-understand terms.
If you have trouble using a limited palette, or difficulty achieving ‘mood’ in your pieces, this is a really good read. You can check it out: HERE
Howard began his career working in the video game industry. After 13 years working as a texture artist, concept artist and then art director, he left to pursue illustration. He has worked for clients such as Blizzard, Upper Deck, Wizards of the Coast, Electronic Arts, NCSoft, The Greenwich Workshop and Paizo Publishing.
He was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2011 - 2012 Salon in the figurative category, won an honorable mention in the Oil Painters of America 2011 Online Showcase and a Merit Award in the Springville 2011 Spring Salon. His work can also be found in various years of the Spectrum annual and was nominated for a Chesley Award in 2011.
He is very passionate about learning, studying the great artists and techniques of the past, particularly Caravaggio, Bloch, Bouguereau and Waterhouse.
When not painting or drawing Howard loves spending time with his wife and three kids, cooking, and trying to bake the perfect loaf of bread.
Thank you for providing the link to his blog! It was a great read and I think it's going to help my current work tremendously!
Very good read. Just solved a problem I did not know I had.
Hmm rly helpful. One thing still haunts my mind though…if we choose a redish to orange light (a sunset) then what happens with the shadows and where do they stand in our colour wheel? At sunset the shadows tend to go rly cool and bluish but according to this whole principle above they should be warmer and purple. Does this whole thing apply only to the lighted areas?
The shadows at sunset are actually a little warmer than usual because they are being filled in by reflected light, which at a sunset will be warmer as well. However, because the the direct light is SO warm, the shadows often appear bluer than they are. Color is absolutely relative. Think of this method like a template for compositions, and not a scientific analysis of color accuracy.
Thank you!Said so it rly helps me. Had a mindf… today at sunset watching some cliffs. I could swear they were blue, yet they should have been warmer.I am looking for the easy-scientific way behind it all 😛