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How to Use Color to Shape Your Compositions

What are color values and why should we pay attention to them before creating a color palette?

The sentence “color doesn’t need color” might sound strange at first, but all will soon start to make sense. When creating a structure or composition in an illustration, painting, design, or other visual work in which color plays a key role, it is not the color wheel itself that is of key importance, but the spectrum and the values that we apply.

Below, illustrator and concept artist Jean Fraisse (@jbfraisse) explains why color doesn’t need color if we know how to apply it using the right values:

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