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Tutorial: A plea against colour blobs by Gold-Seven Tutorial: A plea against colour blobs by Gold-Seven
This came up a couple of days ago: The effects of environmental colours on others in their vicinity. It seems a lot of people have trouble with the idea, so I put this one together. :)

Please note that I fully realise the workability of colour blobs for animation artists and cartoon painters, but those aren't who this tut is for. It's for all those who limit themselves by saying "But the tail of my fursona absolutely has to be #2E397D!"

Note also I'm a far cry from being a realistic painter, but I can as well share the little working knowledge that I have. ;)

The tutorial was made in Photoshop; the image examples were done in watercolour. The whole thing is usable for digital as well as traditional art.

Download for full view! Hope it helps! :blowkiss:

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:iconannaindeed:
annaindeed Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is zoo useful! thanks~~
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fuyu-oleander Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, this is really useful! Thanks for making and sharing it!
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lilis-gallery Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aaah, I'm glad someone pointed this out ! Great and fun tutorial, thank you ! :) (And I laughed out loud at "But the tail of my fursona absolutely has to be #2E397D!").
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
;) Glad you liked it!
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:iconphyllidia:
phyllidia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Great tutorial. Thanks.
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:iconusaris:
Usaris Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I'll definitely try, thanks a lot!
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Whiplash3 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! Thank you, this helps me a lot! :D
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EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm definitely guilty of this whenever I color... I always use the same two crayons for skin colors, for example, and even less variety with markers and pencils.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Markers and coloured pencils are more guilty of this, I think, as they aren't as mixable as others.
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EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Definitely. Especially for beginners like me who still use Crayola--there's little variety in a basic pack of colors.
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DamascenexxNights Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This is well-explained and easy to understand, as well as gorgeous in its examples. :)
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Celebel-Quettandil Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Tumblekax Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your tutorials.
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LicianDragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful! I have color blobs for all my characters now and was just starting to come to the realization that their colors would change. Thankfully, with my method of shading the colors usually do but now I will make sure it's a bit more realistic =D
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IreneRoga Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Thank you for this tutorial, this is really helpfull.
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thefireinhell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaaay for no colour blob!!! I personally HATE those things when I paint!! I can never stick to those colours, I just drift away from them naturally...
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Linstock Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Brilliant and so helpful (and entertaining).
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lalaquen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
As someone just settling down to try and learn to do more than just scribble/dabble in 2D art in general, this is really helpful. And the ideas you presented aren't necessarily limited to digital works; one could apply the same concepts when working in virtually any coloured medium.
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fegie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Woah, i never noticed until the close up of The Oath that you used gold paint in it. Very skilfully used, if i may so so! I've only ever used such stuff once, i think, & that was for when i was making modern icons as an assignment. (Gold oil paint isn't pleasant to use; the tube i have smells very toxic. I'm assuming the gold you used was gouache; did it have any smell to it?)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It was really just white gouache with a bit of yellow/orange mixed into it, not actually gold paint :)
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fegie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Ah! My eyes deceived me, then. ;)
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LadyElka Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
Ha I love this! I had a nightmare of a time once because I usually paint in watercolor and had to do a prize for some gal who paints in blobs. xD I just couldn't get the dang color the way she wanted it, so I ended up just quitting and painting it my way. haha
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And THIS was exactly what caused me to write up that tutorial. :D
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asdfgcool Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student
woah this tutorial is amazing! :iconamazingplz:
Your drawins are so beautiful! :iconadorableplz:
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svqn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
This is brilliant, but one sentence really confuses me. When talking about the second painting (Most of me), you say "There's almost nothing cold in this image.". While obviously the feeling is very warm, the image is *mostly* in blue/cyan colours which are generally considered cold, aren't they? Or is this colour relativity playing tricks on me?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's still the warmest blue that you can get, with a lot of yellow and turquoise mixed in. :)
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Lunaleaf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Great tutorial; when I saw the title, I thought it might be something like this. To be honest, I rarely use colour blobs at all; it's much more fun to adapt my palette for each drawing.
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Sillade Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
It does, it's a very good point and you pointed it out in a very simple yet interesting manner. Thank you a lot.
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Knight-Dawn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree, this is very true! I draw with a very stylized style myself and admit that I have color swatches made up for the main characters I draw all the time, but I also take mood and color schemes into account when working on each piece. :) If the color scheme is blue, then when I dip into the color swatch for my red-head I immediately shift the tone to a colder color...
Or, if I've put in all the base colors and some of them don't seem to fit I use filters to shift them into more appropriate tones. ^^
This tutorial kind of put that into words for me, though - so thanks for making it! :D
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice. I really like this. It's all the stuff I learned in my fine art class. Funny thing is that I'm a cartoonist who uses color theory to color. So I rarely use blobs of anything... Except black ink. Thanks for the tutorial!
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Really helpful. It's something I have terrible problems with when trying to digital paint
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Ninarry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
This is something I have never really though about. Thank your for the insight, very helpful ^^
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very welcome! :)
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lintie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Mmmm... Maedhros' hair in abundance. Plus a close-up of a pointy ear. Feels like I'd just died and gone to fangirl heaven :-)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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raychleadele Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love color relativity!
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very insightful, and definitely something to keep in mind once I get back into arting and actually including environment in pieces.
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omni-time Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial~!
I'm definitely a colour blobber (: and this was eye-opening!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad it was! :)
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:iconchaypeta:
chaypeta Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent demonstration. Thank you.
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Truish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
This was a great tutorial! I don't paint at ALL, but I still understand the point you're trying to make. I'm sure this is going to help a lot of people.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, so thank you! :) It shows how much further ahead you are!
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ultradudepatric Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ok. I have been putting off watching you because I watch too many people. But I can't not watch you anymore. *foams at mouth*
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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:iconultradudepatric:
ultradudepatric Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lol. Yeah. I shouldn't have waited.
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial!
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HouseofDoom Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you!
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OhHiAndie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful. I specially like how you showed some samples of the colors used, it really illustrates your point that the palette needs to change slightly to fit the mood/lighitng. Great job explaining this, thank you!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it works out!
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
:clap:
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