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This is a good drawing and you've managed to get some nice detail in there, like the patterns in her iris' and her freckles. I think th...


This is a nice painting and you've done a good job on the majority of the portrait. I really like how you've captured the lighting and ...


This is a very good painting; it's eye-catching and interesting to view. My favourite part is her dress and the scarf (?) on the bed - ...


Technically and stylistically, this is a very good piece. It's well drawn, the proportions are good, the colours and textures are right...

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I love colour - my family always seem to think of me when they see something bright or multi-colored!  I love using colour in my art but never really thought too deeply into it because, to be really honest, colour theory and such just felt like a science which would over complicate things or a set of rules which would end up becoming limiting.

Recently, however, I read a book which had a short section on colour theory.  It piqued my interest and made me want to learn more - the colour wheel, colour harmonies and the mixing of complementary colours to get neutrals were all things I didn’t know much (if anything) about.  Previously I’ve always mixed colours with little understanding how the different hues interacted - possibly the reason why I’ve always had problems with mixing colours efficiently.

I went to the library and scoured their ‘stack’ section (read: really old books no-one’s borrowed since the 1950’s) for books on colour theory.  I found ‘Colour harmony: its theory and practice’ by Arthur Allen - this book (which is from 1937) was so interesting to read through!  It covered all sorts of areas, from how our eyes are constructed, to how to mix paints for the desired outcome, why certain colours work well together, how to effectively use colour harmonies, even things like the fact that tree bark reflects the ground it’s stood on (I’ve always struggled to paint trees which look natural and now I hopefully know why!).

I’m waiting for ‘Interaction of Color’ by Josef Albers to come into the library, as I see from reviews that it’s considered quite a good book.  (I did also borrow another 1930’s book on colour theory, but it was rubbish…)
Edit: I got 'Interaction of Color' from the library - personally I didn't like it and didn't find it useful for my needs, but others have liked it judging from the online reviews so it could just be that it doesn't suit what I was looking for!

Although I’ve been trying to push my use of colour recently, I am now thinking about my artwork in a different way; I’m thinking more about how colours work together, how I can use colours to their full potential and how colour influences the viewer.  I wish I’d looked into colour theory before - far from being a pretentious label, it’s actually a really useful tool which I hope is only going to improve my work.  It’s a shame I was never taught about it in school, but these things all come along at the right time and it’s only really the last couple of years in which I’ve been taking my art more seriously and actively trying to improve.  Now, when I plan and execute a piece, I’m going to think more about colour harmonies etc., instead of just picking the ‘right’ colours or picking them for superficial reasons.

So lesson learnt; don’t discount an idea out of hand just because I don’t understand it!  Everything has it’s place and increased knowledge of the theories and techniques I like and don’t like can only be a good thing :D

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Do you have any particular colours or combinations you like to use?  Maybe you can recommend a good resource which I can use to learn more about colour theory?  Let me know! :D

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  • Reading: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Watching: ACCA lectures
  • Eating: Porridge
  • Drinking: Water

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Dagger-13
There is no spoon
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Hi there! :D

I've always been into drawing, then came painting and photography. At the moment I'm having fun trying new techniques and learning as much as I can :D My photography is now pretty much limited to food photos (I love cooking and baking) or reference shots. I'm not as productive as I'd like to be at the moment due to work, study and exams, but I am always trying to improve with every piece I do. Any constructive critique is much appreciated! :)

:) Thanks for taking a look at my page. I hope you like what you see. :)
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KateHubar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for Llama...an important part of life!
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem Llama brigade 
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Dragon-space-doodler Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh your stuff is so cool and inspiring!!!! O.O
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks very much! :thanks: And for the :+devwatch: :nod:

I don't get to art as much as I'd like to, but I hope you like my future works anyway :aww:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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daniluc78 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem llama cancan 
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ekota21 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama!:)
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem Hooray Llama Badges 
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HoratioSnipe Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
You have amazing stuff!
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