World of Color: Using Color to Design a Character Staff Pick

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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19 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:42
    • 2. Class Overview

      2:08
    • 3. Lesson: Story of Color pt. 1

      2:46
    • 4. Lesson: Story of Color pt. 2

      4:55
    • 5. Lesson: Story of Color pt. 3

      4:27
    • 6. Lesson: Communicating with Color

      4:12
    • 7. Lesson: Color and Cartoons

      5:13
    • 8. Lesson: Hues of a Story

      2:40
    • 9. Lesson: Color Script for Pixar's Up

      4:23
    • 10. Lesson: Style and Character

      7:41
    • 11. Project : Settings, Tools, Short Cuts

      4:42
    • 12. Project: Inspiration and Guidelines

      4:25
    • 13. Project: Three Stage Sketching

      6:46
    • 14. Project: Inking

      3:08
    • 15. Project: Color Blocking

      7:20
    • 16. Project: Refining The Hues

      1:20
    • 17. Project: Saturation and Value

      5:42
    • 18. Bonus! Line Color and Rim Light

      5:27
    • 19. Wrap It Up

      2:09
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About This Class

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A unique class using color theory to inspire character design.

This course starts with a look at how artists (of all kinds) put color to use. Then, a brief study in what makes cartoon color so unique. Once our mind gears are turning, we'll jump into Photoshop CC with a class project that will give you the tools and techniques necessary to bring more vibrancy to your drawings.

Here are the topics I'll be covering:

  • A brief history of color and art
  • A look at how color communicates
  • The fundamentals of using color in cartooning
  • Planning for color while sketching and inking
  • Block coloring in Photoshop CC
  • Refining the hues, saturation and value of an image
  • Color lighting techniques (line color and rim light)

All you'll need for this class is a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop CC (most older versions will work too).