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    Hello !

    I'm making some illustrations of the new seven wonders of the world. Today I started with the chichén itza, But I can't find the right colors to make it look good.
    Some tips ?

    and I'm new so I hope this is the right spot to post it

  • #2
    Welcome to GDF Segaert

    What makes a certain color "right"? That would depend on what you, the artist wants to portray. Is your illustration realistic? Or whimsical? Vibrant or Muted? These decisions and more are in the hands of the artist.

    Illustration is art versus design. What you do in terms or style, color and composition is purely subjective. How I would draw and/or color an illustration would differ from you or any other individual - and they would all be valid.

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    • #3
      Pan's right, the color and style is up to you. Some tips on color combinations, though, try or this blog: - just find something that inspires you if you're at a loss.
      The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.


      • #4
        There's also ColourLovers.

        I adore picking colours. I could do it all day. Then tomorrow I'd pick fonts.

        Another option is to select a photo or a painting that has greaty colours and use the colours from that. There are various online apps that will do that for you, like Pictaculous.
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        • #5
          Colors, probably more than anything else, help determine the emotional tone of piece of artwork. I usually imagine the emotional qualities I want the piece to convey to the viewer, then pick the colors accordingly.


          • #6
            ...and not whether or not to establish a tonal range of color(s).


            But hey, why bother? Flatten everything to the picture plain and crush the perspective ...paint the thing a fluorescent pink and move on to the other six wonders of the world and do the same






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