13 Short Guides That Will Make You A Color Expert

Color is all around you but you probably don’t fully understand it. Why does some art look almost 3D or why do some colors look totally different next to others?

Finally you’ll understand why using 3-4 shades of base makeup makes a face look like it’s a different shape with no flaws.



You must first understand that vibrant color takes many, many layers

Think shadows, hilights, midtones and even accent colors

From artist cangsangdetoutou

Whoa! Now that’s a lot of beautiful color!

Getting in-depth color means tons of color no matter the skin tone

From artist navate

If you’re just starting out, sometimes it’s good to just use a few colors and stay focused

From artist monoscribbles

Using contrasting colors can create a neat final effect

From artist CargoRabbit

Super realistic eyes of course take more time

From artist Acid Lullaby


Even with two colors you can make a bold statement

From Artists Help


Coloring for lighting is how you make pictures really stand out!

(Because it’s like, 3D – get it? Stand out! :D)

Noses cast so many shadows so always think of where the light is coming from

From artist Acid Lullaby

Don’t be afraid to change the line art colors for a more clean look

From artist kinkei

Try to start with skin, since colors look different depending on what they’re next to

So choose your perfect eye shade after you have the base skin color down!

From artist Cristo69

Lips are a key element in characters style so layer up!

See it VERY large on Expie-OC‘s deviant art!

Hair can make you look pro or like all your characters need hats

Main take away – use the paintbrush and NOT smudge, dodge, or coloring every strand.

From artist Lostie

Color theory is a big subject and this artist did a really easy to understand crash course

You can read kaenith’s full guide here!

Explore your world of color with new eyes and why not try some color palette challenges for fun!

2nd generation kid who just wants to watch k-dramas and anime while making new outfits. My cosplay idols are Vampybitme, Junkers Cosplay, and Witchiko!
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