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Introduction to Colour Psychology: Chromatic Narrative

A course by Sole Otero
Illustrator, Textile Designer, and Comic Artist. Gasteiz, France.
Joined November 2017
, Illustrator, Textile Designer, and Comic Artist

Learn to understand the symbolism of color and create color palettes that transmit emotions

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (940)
  • 17024 students

Learn to understand the symbolism of color and create color palettes that transmit emotions

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (940)
  • 17024 students
  • 16 lessons (1h 47m)
  • 21 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Sole Otero is dedicated to telling stories through images. She is a children's illustrator, textile designer, and comic artist—which led her to discover the symbolism of color and use it not only as an aesthetic element, but as a communication tool.

In this course, Sole shows you how to get started in the world of color psychology, familiarize yourself with its meaning, and discover what types of emotions each tone is capable of awakening in the viewer. Being familiar with the nature of symbolism and the ways in which each chromatic scale acts narratively can help you decide what color scheme to use for each project, controlling the meaning created through it and conveying a specific message.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Bases of color
  • U3
    U3. Types of palettes, sense and narration
  • U4
    U4. Application in the narration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know the work of Sole Otero, who also introduces you to the work of her favorite authors and the projects that most inspire her work.

Next, learn what color is and the ways in which it is classified. Also discover concepts like value, saturation, and tint. Now turn your attention to the psychology of colors and see how to combine them to rouse emotions and guide the narrative.

Visualizing the work of different authors, analyze their personal use of color and learn to understand the justification behind these choices.

Sole teaches you how to create your own meaningful color palettes: monochromatic, balanced, and dissonant. Learn to harmonize multicolor palettes and discover the narrative power of color with association, dissociation, and transition effects.

To round out the course, do an exercise to put into practice everything you've learned.

What is this course's project?

Create your own color palette, based on the principles of color psychology, to use in a comic with the aim of influencing the story's narrative power and the reader's emotions.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, and anyone interested in exploring the expressive possibilities of color and learning to use its symbolism to create color palettes that convey emotions.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary for this course, but you do need a basic command of Photoshop and the use of watercolors, acrylics, or any preferred technique for applying color to your final project, whether digital or manual.

Your list of materials depends on your chosen technique and Sole also recommends you have paper, acrylics, brushes, pencils, and a computer installed with Photoshop to hand.


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Sole Otero

A course by Sole Otero

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Illustrator, Textile Designer, and Comic Artist

Sole Otero's creative profile is made up of different disciplines. She trained as a textile designer at the University of Buenos Aires, has published several books as a children's illustrator, and is also the author of webcomics and printed publications including Poncho Fue, La de las Botas Rojas, and La pelusa de los días, which give a good account of her career as a cartoonist.

She was part of the Latin American collective Historietas Reales and the international collective Chicks on Comics. She has taught embroidery, knitting, and needle felting workshops as well as traditional and digital illustration and comic strip classes. She currently teaches chromatic narrative seminars and is working on her next graphic novels, children's comics, and illustrated albums.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Bases of color

    • The color
    • The no color
    • Primary colors
    • Secondary colours
    • Other colors
    • Chromatic chords
  • U3

    Types of palettes, sense and narration

    • Monochromes
    • Analog and complementary palettes
    • Triadic and tetrahedral palettes
    • Association and transition
  • U4

    Application in the narration

    • The materials
    • The bases: The characters
    • The details: The background climate.
    • Light, shade and climate
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to the psychology of color: the chromatic narrative

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Introduction to Colour Psychology: Chromatic Narrative. Design & Illustration course by Sole Otero Best seller

Introduction to Colour Psychology: Chromatic Narrative

A course by Sole Otero
Illustrator, Textile Designer, and Comic Artist. Gasteiz, France.
Joined November 2017
  • 98% positive reviews (940)
  • 17024 students