Contrasting colors can create remarkable results. Here are some good color pairings that you should try out along with how to create perfect blends. Grab your alcohol markers and get ready to step away from the ordinary.
Everyone, at some point in their life, has marveled at the beautiful, deep colors of a sunset. From bright oranges and reds, to fuschias, lilacs and flecks of midnight blues, sunrises and sunsets are a brilliant celebration of color. And they’re a perfect example of similar color combinations to start with.
For example, you might grab OR4, RD3 and RD5, which are three great colors to match together. These are also colors that fall within the same color family, so you know they’ll go perfectly with each other.
Choose the lightest color and dilute it in the Mixing Chamber so you’re ready to blend like a pro. Apply this color nearest to the horizon as this is where the sun is setting and slowly work your way out. Then simply work from light to dark - coloring over your lighter shades with the darker until you’ve created a brilliant replica of sunset colors.
This technique will work with any similar color combination - not just the red and orange hues of a sunset. You could use a selection of greens, for example, to create a field at the height of summer, or blues for an ocean.
Understanding complementary colors
Color theory shows us that colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel are harmonious. For example, this means that blue and orange are two colors you should pair together.
We’ll practice this theory using shades on opposite sides of the color wheel on one of our Color Cards. Grab the OR3 and BV4. Briefly infuse the orange shade’s nib in the Mixing Chamber and start coloring. Once it’s faded out, grab the blue and infuse in the Mixing Chamber. Then start from the edge of the orange and color towards the edge of the drawing.
Color pairings like this are ideal for creating surreal and psychedelic pieces of artwork too. For example, choose bright, vibrant colors such as YL2, BL3, PR4 and PK5.
Happy colorsWhen people are asked to think of happy colors, they tend to envision bright colors such as vivid greens, sunshine yellows and perky purples. When shades are this bright, they also tend to be seen as childlike and are often used in cartoons. Why? Because they pop and are eye-catching.
But before you grab your brightest, sharpest shades, consider sorting them into tones that pair well with each other and what sort of mood you want to go for. For example, shades like the YL2 and RD2 can form a vivid red-hued color combination that’s attention grabbing and uplifting in nature.
If you want more relaxing colors, shades such as BL3 and BL4 are a good choice. They are shades of sky blue, associated with relaxation and reminding people of happy summer days without a cloud in the sky or a care in the world. Aww.
Realistic colors? Start with the light source
If you want to create impressive, professional art that looks realistic, you’ll need to incorporate shading and highlights. Block colors have their place in flat design and cartoon art, but most work needs colors with depth.
Truthfully, the colors aren't the only important thing when it comes to creating realistic looking artwork. You should really think about your light source first. Envision where your light source is and which areas of your work will be exposed to the most and least light. Only then will your colors begin to look realistic.
Why alcohol markers make for better color pairing
If you’re reading this with a set of entry-level water based pens by your side, you won’t reach the results you're after. Sorry.
Alcohol based markers produce far superior results due to their superior qualities, such as being able to produce smoother color blends and the ink drying more quickly. If you want to take your artwork from being ordinary to being a masterpiece, we recommend you invest in a set of professional-quality alcohol based markers.
Chameleon Pens are ground-breaking alcohol based markers that feature an innovative Mixing Chamber where you can infuse colors with the diluter and produce a range of tones for that color from just one pen. Because of this unique feature, you only need a few pens to create many different tones and colors. Plus, our pens have been designed to work alongside other markers and mediums, not replace them entirely so don’t go throwing your existing set out just yet.
How to create awesome blends
Like we said, Chameleon Pens come with a Mixing Chamber which allows you to infuse and dilute colors. This makes blending so much easier because you don’t need a bunch of different shades of Royal Blue - you only need our BL6 pen to create all these tones:
You don’t have to blend with just one color either - you can create awesome blends with multiple colors by using our Color Tops. Pop one of these tops onto your pen and transform your Chameleon Pen into a color-to-color blender. You don’t have to switch pens - the pen will change color and blend for you.
Watch the video below to see how our Color Tops work.
And there you go: some good color pairings you should try out and how best to blend them to create impressive work. If you want to see all of this in action, watch the videos and give these colors a whirl for yourself. Once you’ve done that, head to the comments section and let the Chameleon Creative Community know how you did, and share your work on #ChameleonPens.
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