At 11/8/13 05:38 AM, Carrion wrote:
I'm jealous of how handy you are with colors.
Thanks! I scribbled down something colour related for someone so I thought I'd share it here.
It's just my thoughts on hue shifting. Generally when I start to shade something, I want the shadows to tint slightly towards purple/blue, and the highlights towards yellow. It can really help add more contrast and vibrance to what may otherwise look dull.
I used to think of it as a neat little trick, but I realize that you can really go all out with the effect and create some interesting results. It's part of how catoblepas gets the vibrance in his drawings - you can literally use 100% saturated colours everywhere, just go crazy with the hue shifting, and still have the shadows be clear because of the way some colours looks darker than others. Of course as always when using highly saturated colours you run into the risk of it being glaring and a strain to the eye, and too much might not match whatever style you're going for, but I think it's extremely versatile when done properly.
In addition I feel like a lot of developing artists don't know this function of light, possibly because it falls under the umbrella of advanced lightning (along with different colours of light sources and how it affects shadows, translucency, reflection and whatnot). Though I think this particular quirk is not so advanced, and just a little knowledge can lead to some pretty cool effects.