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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Soloway

Color Theory and How Color Influence Art Projects

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

While the overall concept of the art piece is the place I start from to create. Color Theory plays a huge role in the final outcome of any project. I have seen many designs, much of my own, that are ruined by the wrong choices or better put the incorrect combination to match the overall mood and vision of what you want people to see.

You might think to myself this sounds complicated but it isn't. Once you have a basic understanding of how colors play together your options are endless. While I stated above that color can make or break a piece by using the “wrong” color combination, I want to specify there are no true wrong combinations. It is how you use it and how you want your audience to perceive the work. Below are the basics of Color Theory. I hope it helps.

Color theory is the study of how colors interact with each other. It is a complex subject, but there are some basic principles that can be helpful to understand.

Color Wheel

One of the most important concepts in color theory is the color wheel. The color wheel is a circular arrangement of colors that shows the relationships between them. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Secondary colors are created by mixing two primary colors together. For example, mixing red and yellow creates orange. Tertiary colors are created by mixing a primary color and a secondary color. For example, mixing red and orange creates red-orange.

Another important concept in color theory is complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. When complementary colors are placed next to each other, they create a strong contrast. For example, red and green are complementary colors.

Color theory can be used in many different ways, such as in art, design, and marketing. It can also be used to create a certain mood or atmosphere. For example, warm colors like red and orange can create a feeling of excitement, while cool colors like blue and green can create a feeling of calmness.

If you are interested in learning more about color theory, there are many resources available online and in libraries. You can also take classes or workshops on color theory.

Here are some additional tips for using color theory in your work:

  • Use color to create a mood or atmosphere.

  • Use complementary colors to create contrast.

  • Use analogous colors to create a harmonious look.

  • Use monochromatic colors to create a sleek and modern look.

  • Use triadic colors to create a vibrant and eye-catching look.

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