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Color Theory for BEGINNERS + How to ACTUALLY use it in Digital Painting

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Colour theory for beginners and how to actually implement it into your own work while avoiding the common pitfalls.

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00:00 color theory misconceptions
00:44 Tension and Eye Movement
01:50 The BIG Question
02:29 Practice for Eye Movement
04:07 How to control attention
05:20 Magnets
06:27 Common pitfalls
07:38 Easy fixes for dramatic moments
08:17 On white
09:05 Moving in
10:37 Roadmap
11:39 don’t do this lol
11:54 construction
12:21 Formula for understanding Tension

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  1. WOW. If this had been the first video I had ever seen about digital painting, it would have coloured (see what I did there) every study I ever did… this is such valuable advice and the way you have presented it here makes it easy to understand. It is a perfect complement to your art course; I think I'll have to go watch that again now (if anyone is reading the comments and thinking about getting Mikko's Art Course– go on, get it, you won't regret it). Thank you so much for this! And if you feel like talking more about colour I will be ready to watch and listen!

  2. I have a question. Can the whole picture be bright and juicy, and the object to look at is dark. It turns out that due to the fact that everything is bright, a darker object will stand out, Right?
    Thank you for video. I like your art 😊

  3. Thank you so much for making these videos mikko! Your art is inspiring and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to watch and learn from you. Many thanks from Canada ❤

  4. As a watercolour artist I have to pre plan a lot so my layers don’t turn muddy. I like this view pint on this subject. I never truly analyzed what I was doing when building layers. I will save this video as a ref when I’m not 100% happy of a piece I’m working on. Thank you 😊

  5. Mikko… you actually just made me cry! I am listening to the first video in your Breakdown of Sky Academy on Gumroad. Toward the end, you mentioned hours of staring at the painting. I felt very validated (I do so much of that and feel like I am procrastinating or wasting time). But then you mentioned unfinished paintings and patience and so on, and it struck such a chord with me that I got emotional. I have a terrible habit of leaving my art unfinished. I think it is out of fear (like if I leave it unfinished, I always have a good excuse for why it doesn't look good). Thank you for sharing your art and wisdom with all of us. I have learned so much so far.

  6. In oils, I get precious about my initial colors, because I am afraid I won't be able to mix them again. It's definitely a challenge to trust the process and to keep working the painting until it's "done".

  7. Great video Mikko! Helpful as always, and I adore your painting. 😍 I have been watching your editing livestream for members over the last few days and it’s been really helpful watching you explain your process and techniques. It makes me wish I had photoshop (Adobe is so expensive!). But I’m glad procreate has curves as an editing tool at least.

  8. A question about the subject color: The examples you've shown happened to be complimentary colors, which stuck out. Would you recommend always going with a complimentary color or can it also be about "subject values" to the same degree it is with color? Or are the values not on the same level of importance and should instead be used to put EVEN MORE emphasis on the subject color?

  9. This is some high quality content! I am definitely interested in learning more about this topic. It would be really great to be shown some specific exercises to practice these skills to get a practical understanding of all these concepts you introduce me to!
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, plese keep it up !

  10. I love all your tips! One of my HUGE struggles is exactly what you said “it looks like a coloring book”. I’m going to try a single color to see what results I get. ❤

  11. This is really so helpful Mikko ❤ Thank you so much! I would love more videos with this topic! And now I’ll try your suggestions 😊

  12. I’m normally just a graphite portrait on paper Artist but I still found this very interesting and will try using it in a colour piece at some point!

  13. this came right in time. 🙂 I have so many images in my head, but I struggle with translating it most of the time. Choosing colour is kind of difficult for me and I don't know why. As a grafic designer I know all the basics, but fail to use them in my illustrations. It's strange, so it would be great if you could do more videos on colours and translating headimages to canvas. 😀 I like to try intuitive painting, maybe I'm to cramped while working. But first I'll do your art course. Kiitos for that. 😀 I'm all in for whimsycal and crazy clouds and faszinating heavens. It's one of my trademarks.
    Greetings from Germany

  14. This is fantastic, thank you! Eager to try out the painting exercises you mentioned and I'd love to see a more in-depth video on color theory as well 😀

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