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Color Theory: How to Apply It to Your Images

A course by Jean Fraisse
Concept Artist and Art Director. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined February 2018
, Concept Artist and Art Director

Learn how to master color and raise the visual quality of your illustrations

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (411)
  • 10234 students
Color Theory: How to Apply It to Your Images

Learn how to master color and raise the visual quality of your illustrations

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (411)
  • 10234 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (3h 53m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Color is a powerful tool for telling a story, honing the theory behind it enables you to develop a solid and striking illustration for animation or concept art. Jean Fraisse is a professional with a wide range of experience in animation and video games, and in this course, he teaches you how to use color like never before.

Become an expert in the theory of color and its practical application for your compositions. See how to bring harmony into your illustrations or concept art. Tell stories with your images, learn how to bring light into your work, and create a specific atmosphere and style by selecting the ideal color combinations, learning how to compose with color.

This is Jean Fraisse’s fourth course on Domestika. If you’d like to learn how to design characters for animation, take a look at Introduction to Design of Characters for Animation and Video Games. If you want to learn how to adapt your illustrations to animation, see Illustration for Animation Projects and Video Games, and to create stunningly atmospheric worlds for animation, see Concept Art: Introduction to Set Design.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Color for concept (4 million colors)
  • U3
    U3. Illustration color (50 colors)
  • U4
    U4. Graphic color (10 colors)
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Jean Fraisse, who tells you about his career, the projects that represent him best, and see where he finds inspiration.

He introduces color narrative, showing you how to identify the mood of an image and apply it to your story creations with a sequence of images. Understand how light works to create an effective narrative using color, learn the principles of composition, and how to go from a black and white image to one filled with color.

Create a colorful illustration, limiting your resources as you go to capture its essence. Through a series of practical exercises, see how to generate a harmonic color palette that brings rhythm and balance to your composition. Then, learn how to work textures into your image by creating a more intricate and rich palette to enhance your narrative.

See how color is the determining factor when defining a graphic style, further your notions in color theory and the chromatic circle, and explore two fundamental elements: temperature and saturation. Discover the importance of simplicity and how using fewer colors can help you achieve a stronger sense of identity in your images.

Finally, Jean shows you five of the most common problems you are likely to encounter when working with color and shows you how to solve them.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of colored images with different finishes, using the same elements and a common theme for them all.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For all types of illustrators and all those interested in studying color to apply it to graphical, analogical, or digital projects.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary to take this course, but knowing how to use Adobe Photoshop at a basic level will come in handy.

As for materials, you’ll need a computer with Photoshop installed.


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Jean Fraisse

A course by Jean Fraisse

Concept Artist and Art Director

Once he finished his studies in graphic design in Paris (France), and got rejected from renowned animation schools, Jean Fraisse decided to learn about illustration on his own and began applying it to his work for advertising agencies. It was then that he decided to get into freelance work and started working for major clients such as Marinela and Televisa.

In 2015, he got in touch with HuevoCartoon, a widely-recognized Mexican animation studio, where he worked as their Art Director and Production Designer for over five years.

Today, part of his time involves sharing his knowledge and showing others how he learned illustration and animation through a project called Canvas. In the last eight years, he has also taught classes in several schools and workshops.


  • U1


    • Presentation (Who am I)
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Color for concept (4 million colors)

    • You are already an expert in color
    • Create stories with color and contrasts
    • Understand the light to be able to illuminate
    • Step by step of creating a color concept
  • U3

    Illustration color (50 colors)

    • Success and failure of an image
    • Looking for harmony
    • Looking for harmony II
    • Rhythm and balance
    • Textures: what they are for and how to generate them
    • History, the perfect pretext to add color
  • U4

    Graphic color (10 colors)

    • The power of simplicity
    • Color theory ... finally
    • Color theory ... finally II
    • The secret ingredients: temperature and saturation
    • BONUS: Solving Common Color Problems
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Color theory: how to apply it to your images

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Color Theory: How to Apply It to Your Images. A Illustration course by Jean Fraisse Best Seller

Color Theory: How to Apply It to Your Images

A course by Jean Fraisse
Concept Artist and Art Director. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined February 2018
  • 100% Positive reviews (411)
  • 10234 students