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Monday, July 28, 2008

Art tutorial color temperature, warm vs cool for illustration, concept art, anime, comics, and painting

Art tutorial and lesson: color temperature warm and cool for illustration, concept art, anime, comics, and painting

Color temperature: Warm vs. cool colors

TIPS: Using the opposite as compliment to each other.
Cool Light ---> produce Warm Shadow
Warm Light ---> produce Cool Shadow

The distinction between warm and cool colors has been important since at least the late 18th century but is generally not remarked in modern color science or colorimetry.[citation needed] The contrast, as traced by etymologies in the Oxford English Dictionary, seems related to the observed contrast in landscape light, between the "warm" colors associated with daylight or sunset and the "cool" colors associated with a gray or overcast day. Warm colors are often said to be hues from red through yellow, browns and tans included; cool colors are often said to be the hues from blue green through blue violet, most grays included. There is historical disagreement about the colors that anchor the polarity, but 19th century sources put the peak contrast between red orange and greenish blue. This concept is related to the color temperature of "visible light", an important consideration in photography, television and desktop publishing. The determination of whether a color appears warm or cool is relative. Any color can be made to appear warm or cool by its context with other colors.


Color theory has ascribed perceptual and psychological effects to this contrast. Warm colors are said to advance or appear more active in a painting, while cool colors tend to recede; used in interior design or fashion, warm colors are said to arouse or stimulate the viewer, while cool colors calm and relax. Most of these effects, to the extent they are real, can be attributed to the higher saturation and lighter value of warm pigments in contrast to cool pigments. Thus, brown is a dark, unsaturated warm color that few people think of as visually active or psychologically arousing.

Sample of warm and cool in harmony.


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7 comments:

KenGHunter said...

Thanks a lot for everything you do, wish you much success as you progress.

XIA said...

Kenghunter>> thanks for your kind regards. Hope all of these are helpful, same to you. ;)

Anonymous said...

Ah, it's good to see some traditional lessons. Those are most usefull.
Thanks.

Btw, will you ever have time for making a general description of what the job of each designer contains?

Like environment conceptartist, has to be able to make grasslands/forests/cityscapes/...

Would appreciate it a lot :)

Cheers, Bob.

XIA said...

Anomymous>> Thanks, glad they are useful. You mean Artists? Designers has different meaning in Gaming business. They are the one who plan and stage the way we play them, they don't do the actual art. But yes, I will get to it some times.

Anonymous said...

Concept artists yes.

Taheed McClain said...

XIA your fantastic bud. I've been involve in the arts for well over 8 years but yet your art is certainly of the most impressive. Huge influence and I admire all your contributions. Marvelous work indeed...

-Taheed McClain

XIA said...

Anonymous> I just wrote a post about that sometime this week go check the blog. :)

Taheed> Thanks you for your kind words, I am very flatter. I feel so little whenever I see art from other great professional painters and concept artists or young up coming artist with great potential. There always will be greater stuff around as long as you can dig them out.
I hope this blog will serve you well :)

Cheers!!!

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