In order to become a good artist, you need to have a good working knowledge of color. This includes an understanding of color theory and color mixing.
A great first exercise in your journey toward mastering color is to create your own color wheel. This is not only a great exercise, but it will also become a handy little tool that you can hang up in your studio and reference again and again.
There are three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. When mixed together, your primary colors create every other color on your palette.
There are three secondary colors: orange, green and purple. These are made by mixing two primary colors together. Red + yellow = orange. Yellow + blue = green. Red + blue = purple.
When you mix one of your primary colors with a secondary color you get a third group of colors called tertiary colors. Yellow + orange = yellow- orange, red + orange = red-orange, red + violet = red-violet, blue + violet = blue-violet, blue+green = blue-green, yellow + green = yellow-green.
So you see, from just three primary colors, you now have a total of 12 colors: red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green.
Now if you experiment and create mixtures from the twelve colors above, you will have an endless amount of color variations.
These are just a few basic principles. In future lessons, we will dive deeper.
Below are several videos on how to create your own color wheel. I hope you enjoy and find these lessons helpful. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below in the comments section.
The above video is from Kelly Eddington. Visit her YouTube channel here.