I am currently coloring backgrounds for my newest short, and I'm struggling (as I always do) with color choices. I thought it'd be a good idea for me to review Color Theory with you guys, and if you have any tips or tricks you've learned, please share it with the class! :D
WHAT I'VE LEARNED
âEU¢ A background should never compete with your main characters or foreground action. De-saturated, cooler colors recede into the background, while warmer saturated colors pop into the foreground.
âEU¢ Darker colors should be closer to the viewer, while lighter colors will be in the back. This is called atmospheric perspective, and is a very effective way to show depth.
âEU¢ Color schemes are necessary and hard to decide on and stick with. Use sites like https://kuler.adobe.com/ and http://www.colourlovers.com/ to help you decide what color schemes to work with. Pinterest is also a great place to look for inspiration for color and composition!
âEU¢ Composition is a huge topic, but the most basic concept is to learn your "Rule Of Thirds". Instead of placing things in the dead-center, try placing it in the third's of your layout. It automatically becomes more interesting to look at. Unless you have a good reason for placing something in the center, try not to do it. MUST READ: Composition How-To
âEU¢ White space is your friend. As artists who like to draw, it's easy to fill everything with detail and stuff going on. But as story-tellers, it's most important to tell your story in a clear way. Use empty space to give importance to the art needed to tell the story.
I will try to keep posting to this topic to share whit you guys what I learned in my short career as an animator and illustrator.
I am by no means an expert, but we are all always learning, so let's share with each other what we know and try to improve!