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Colour Theory in a Nutshell by Majnouna Colour Theory in a Nutshell by Majnouna
Thank you prof. Rawas for 8 months of painting and cutting 2x2 squares... Almost a decade ago, but the memory is still vivid!
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No matter if you are a digital or traditional artist, no matter if you paint from scratch or do photomanipulations, if you work in 3D or 2D, realistic or abstract, this guide on Colour Theory in a Nutshell by `Cedarseed will be sure to help you a great deal! ( Featured by kuschelirmel )
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Trelligan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Marvelous. I've just discovered your work, and bought your 'Drawing Humans' book (perfect bound).

   I've never seen 'value' discussed in quite this way before, and it's like scales falling off my eyes.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad it helps :)
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itland-9-13 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I really hope this doesn't sound arrogant or anything, but I just noticed that the square colour harmony you mentioned beneath the colour wheel should have red-orange instead of red-violet? That would leave a gap of equal size between the four colours, creating the invisible square you mentioned.

I'm aware that you know this perfectly well already, but I figured I wanted to point it out because it kind of bugged me the first time I saw it (I was pretty new to theory regarding artistic aspects). If someone else who are new to colour theory reads this, a possible misunderstanding can be avoided.

That said, this tutorial is extremely helpful and has meant a lot to my own progress in terms of understanding the relations between colours and how I can take advantage of them. So, in case I have not had the decency to thank you before: Thank you very much for sharing this extremely helpful knowledge with us!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes quite, that is a typo :) Thanks!
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Azalonozul Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very, very much for making this amazing tutorial. This is irreverent but people at your level usually don't bother to make a tutorial, so thank you so much for taking your time to make this tutorial, I've been having problems with my choice of color and your tutorial opened my eyes a lot. ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Steve-Ellis Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is great! Thanks!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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HentaiChimp Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool! Where did you get this information about "rare hues" from? :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
My university training.
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marambaia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Excellent tutorial... however: if you desaturate in digital mediums (gimp) you will switch to the corresponding value in the grayscale.. So a desaturated magenta will be a corresponding color in a grayscale, wont it?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Correct!
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MomokoStars Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
This is so very helpful! As much as I love drawing I am most definitely not an art student, so this has helped me recently in making sure to use my coloring to the best of my ability. Thank-you!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good to hear!
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theamazinggeno Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
This is very insightful, thank you.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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AxMongrel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for taking the time to make this! Very helpful : )
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
NO problem!
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WhiteLigra Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student
nice! Love this really good guide
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Aki-rain Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! I have been wanting to focus on color composition for a while and this will definitely get me started in the right place. It's easy to understand but has many valuable ideas in it.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great!
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free-to-be-Gee Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS :heart:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure!
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StarvingHippo Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thank you :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure!
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Dionalli Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Definately deserves the DD!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks!
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itland-9-13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sure to be helpful. Thanks! =)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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itland-9-13 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=)
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Dark-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh... Didn't know "rare hues" was a name for that.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yup ^^
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tigerlilyquack Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I remember doing this in art class last year (6th) but I was mostly doodling because my teacher has one of those deep, sleepy voices. Thanks, this is a nice refresher for me.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hehe good!
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hoarynotion Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
urm, typo on '3. The Colour Wheel' on the third example , '-Blue-green, red-violet and violet, to make a square'
you mean 'red-orange' instead of 'red-violet', yes?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes I did! The typo was supposed to be corrected before, grr.
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hoarynotion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, okay! um.. yay!
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nishant2110 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks, appears really useful.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get all this. I do...but for some reason I'm still struggling to choose good colors for my work... /practice
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think we all do... it may help if you let your color palette be inspired by famous paintings or the like, at first.
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So it's ok to practice with colors that other people use? I guess that;'s the best way in the long run.

Now just to develop a technique.... :iconffplz:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Of course, that's how one develops one's own sensitivity to colors.
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Teldra Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I really like your tutorial! Very clear, straightforward and easy to understand.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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Blazn-Samurai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the tutorial!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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