Aaron Kara

Musician, Web Designer & Illustrator



Inspiring quotes in colour

Hi Everyone,

This is my first SkillShare project so I’m really excited to get started. I thought this course would be a great one to start with as colour schemes are something I don't give enough thought to. I’m really enjoying the videos/other projects so far.

Section 1 - Ideas

I created a mind map to explore a range of topics that interest me from music to film but after a lot of thought, the one that I decided to explore was the idea of using inspiring quotes as the theme of the project and using colour to portray the emotion behind each one.

I read/researched a lot of quotes and tried to not just pick what I considered ‘obvious’ ones. I picked the 4 emotions which stood out to me and that felt right for the project and chose 2 quotes for each before deciding on my favourite quote for each emotion.

Here are the emotions/quotes I have chosen:


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill


“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”- Albert Einstein


“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison


“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” - Aristotle

Disclaimer - I know quotes are often misattributed and misquoted so for the purpose of this project being about portraying colour in emotion I’m not going to stress too much about the quote being perfect :)

Mood Boards:





Just some of the colour schemes I really like:

Section 2 - Initial sketches

I’ve started some really rough sketches based on the concepts I’ve come up with for each quote/emotion. 


The next steps are to pick the final concepts for each emotion I’m going to run with and do some more detailed sketches/illustrations and of course start putting together my colour palette for each one.

Section 3 - Colour Palettes

After doing some colour interaction tests, here are the colour palettes I have so far:






Section 4 - Illustration

After doing some more sketches I’ve started to work on the illustrations. Here’s what I have so far:



Section 5 - Finishing details

I've been working on the illustrations and made changes to the colour schemes and the font as per Dominic's comments. See below my final artwork!





Would love to hear your thoughts!  


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