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– Hey everyone, it’s
Nicholas Wilton at Art2Life, and today I’m gonna talk about
how to choose your colors maybe a little better, and
maybe a little quicker. Or at least this is what I do, it might be helpful for you. And I got Ferris here floating around, so you can see what I’m doing. So lemme just show you,
so this is a painting, I’m showing you an oil paint right now, this is one of my paintings, and it’s in the early stages, so whatever. And I’m gonna put a color here. I’m gonna put something here. And the first thing you
have to do with your color, is you wanna decide sort of like the, so there’s three sorta
questions I ask myself, three main things I do
when I’m choosing color. The first question I ask myself is what degree of lightness
and darkness do I want? And that’s based on what’s
happening in the picture. So I wanna put something here
that’s fairly noticeable. So this is a middle value gray, so I can either go really light or a little darker than this,
and it’ll be noticeable. We notice things that
have contrast, right? So the first thing,
forget about what color, but I want to put a, I think I’m gonna go sort of a darkish color. So I will grab, any paint, I’m answering questions
that maybe come up. But this is Liquin, that I
mix in with my oil paint, and I use that to mix up stuff. And I don’t really know
the color that I want here, I’m just mostly just getting, I mix it, I use a bunch of different colors, I’m just kinda putting
together a color here. But I’m really looking
for the value of it. I want it to be dark enough, you can see I’m darkening this. I want it to be darker
than what’s up here. So that becomes pretty noticeable
now, because it’s darker. That’s why it’s noticeable. And I know that I want
it to be noticeable, so let’s just say this is my shape here. And now I wanna choose the color. I don’t, I would normally
just sort of check and see, it’s not black, I don’t
need it to be black, I just want it to be more noticeable. But now I wanna choose a color here. And I’ve got these yellows and reds, so I kinda wanna go a
little warmer with this. So I’m gonna take a lotta yellow now, I’m gonna take a lotta
red, put it in here, and I’m warming this up,
taking a lotta yellow. Now what’s happening is
because I’ve added the white, the yellow and the white,
and I made it more yellow, do you notice how the
value’s gotten lighter? The value’s come up because
I’ve added this color that happens to be really light. I’ve added a lot of yellow. So I have to, the most
important thing is this, I want this dark color, so I
gotta darken that down again. So I come over here, and
I’ll take a darker color, maybe a little black,
and I’ll put black in. So I’m doing, I’m choosing now the color that I’m gonna make it. This is the saturation of the color. So I first choose a
color based on its value. I want a color that has
this value, a dark value. And then I wanna have a color, I’m gonna choose like
a yellowy color here, and I want it to be noticeably yellow, but in adding yellow, and you just saw it, this, it got lighter. But I don’t want it to be lighter. So I have to add some black back in, but then when I add black
in to get the value right, I lose the saturation. Now it’s all muddy. But I want the saturation, so
I gotta come back over here, and I gotta add that color back in. So what’s happening on my palette is that I’m realizing that I have to, if I want it to be saturated yellow, I have to add a lot of yellow, a ton of yellow here,
and then a bit of dark, and I’m not, I’m keeping it, you know, obviously yellow is gonna go more green, and I want this warm. I’m gonna bring in some
warmer orangey color, and all this is so it’s really saturated. I want this to be bright yellowy orange, but I want it dark. And I want it to be as
saturated as possible. So you can see, I’m adding
as much saturation as I can, this is almost pure color over here. Then I take a little bit
of dark, for that value, so now I’ve got that dark color, I’ve got that dark color, it’s still, I can go a little
more saturated with it. I want this to be kinda saturated. So really, all that’s in
here is kind of a black, and then I’m just really,
all these saturated colors, and that’s my value, that’s my… Lemme just wipe this so you can see it. So now, when I put this on here, I have this, now that’s the color I want. It’s a really saturated,
pretty reddish color, that’s dark, that’s that right value. So I notice it. The third thing I wanna ask myself is, does it harmonize, does it relate to the things that are in here? And it kind of does, because it’s got, and I want it to relate. I want it to fit in. Does it have red in it,
does it have yellow in it, does it have kind of these grays, and to make this fit in more, I can add a little bit of gray into this, and some of these other, there’s sort of a blueish gray here, and I can add that into
it, just to make it fit in. I want it to, this is the third thing. Do you wanna harmonize it? Do you wanna have it fit in? And I’m not gonna go crazy with this, and try to adjust it perfectly, I’m just trying to get into
the ballpark with this. So now, and there’s a
little bit of blue in it, this color is going to fit. Do you see how, like it’s subtle. It’s probably hard to
even see on the video. But now this color feels
like it’s in that world, because it’s got this,
some of this color in it. Harmony is basically many of the colors that are in the painting already, when they’re in the additional color, it makes it feel like it relates in. So then now I’m moving on, I’m going on to other areas, right? This showed you those
three kind of big questions and decisions about the color. I’m determining the
color mostly right away, whether it’s light or dark, then I’m just deciding on the
saturation, and if I change the saturation, by adding
more yellow or more blue, to make it really more saturated, I then have to compensate
and keep that value. The value’s the most important thing. And then to make it fit
in, there’s harmony, where I add in just other, some of these other colors, so it really relates. So this is working, this color is working nicely on this painting now. Like that’s a nice color. I might change it, but this
gets me in the ballpark. Anyway, that’s how I approach it. And it gets almost second nature. The big thing is determining
the colors you wanna use, based on their lightness and darkness, of what’s happening in the picture. And the contrast and where you
want the viewer’s eye to go. Anyway, I hope that was helpful. I’d be curious to see what you guys do, and how you approach this. Go ahead and leave a
comment, that’d be great, and I will talk to you soon. I hope you have a really good Sunday. Okay, thanks.

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