Daydream ♦ Color Theory 101: Complementary ♦ Watercolor Speedpaint

Daydream ♦ Color Theory 101: Complementary ♦ Watercolor Speedpaint

hi guys and welcome back today is the first in a series dedicated to color theory and I wanted to revisit the assignments that I took when I took my color and design class back in college and that was one of the most beneficial things I've ever done for my art because it really helped me get an understanding of color theory and how to utilize it in my pieces so we are going to start off diving in and redoing these assignments so if you guys want to take part in this and do these assignments with me I would love to see what you guys are up to so please hashtag those Danica sills color and I will absolutely check those out and see what you're up to I think that will be one of the funnest parts about these is watching all of us do similar themes and concepts is that they were assignments together so today we are going to start off right with the nice basic color palette which is the complementary color scheme and I just want to show you guys some master painters that use complementary colors these are some of my favorite paintings so the first one is from Picasso and it's the old guitarist then we have Vermeer and that's the milkmaid then we also have another mirror and that's the girl with the Pearl Earring and then lastly we have one by Monet and that's impressionist sunset and you can see here how gorgeous these two colors really pop off of each other and this is actually basically the color palette that I'll be using so let's go ahead and jump right into today's paintings okay so to get to this point I just use a gray cold erased pencil to do a transfer of my sketch onto my final watercolor paper and I don't usually do this but sometimes I like to be able to just start inking and not have to worry about a lightbox or having the interference of the sketch coming through too much and I can just look entirely at the paper and what's happening right there and with this colliery pencil it's actually really nice because it's not smudgy like graphite is so it keeps the paper very clean and it's also very erasable and I just use a kneaded eraser so after I'm done inking it and I've let it completely dry I'll go in and I'll very gently erase this marking off of it it comes off 100% and because it is a kneaded eraser it doesn't damage the watercolor paper it is something you want to make sure of they're careful Woods is what kind of a race you're using on the paper because a lot of your racers will damage your watercolor paper so yeah I definitely use a kneaded eraser if you have access to them and the inking was in my favorite parts just like the last few pieces where I really got into using colored inks I am feeling really good about it it feels like I'm being able to control the entirety of the look and the final result is much more in my hands it's interesting that is a step that I never really thought about or I've considered options but it was not something that immediately jumped out to me as a shortcoming in the way that I work and when I always use just black ink it was very static and it did hold me back in a lot of ways and I'm excited to finally be moving on from that point to be able to choose why I'm doing with that and I'm sure that there's still going to be a lot of times where I go back and just use black ink but there's a lot of times where using a colored ink is going to be the correct option for me but I have a lot of fun mixing the inks today and getting the right colors that I will offer this one I do have a set of liquitex acrylic inks I believe I'll put a link down in the description and it's a great starter pack because it has the primary colors in black white and a sepia I believe and yeah I just use those to mix together a color the colors that came in that that are actually transparent so what I did was I just mixed in some white to it and the white was very opaque so it's interesting because it still had the same level of color but it was opaque rather than being a transparent color and it was just I really enjoyed mixing them together and testing them out and getting it right I loved that process a lot I just use one of those cheap little paint containers you can get it pretty much any craft store and mix those together so now I can use them going forward because I always end up mixing too much but the yeah this is this is really exciting to me honestly being able to move in this direction and get a good handle on how to create inks with the colors that I want and putting about that first paint wash was incredibly satisfying having the colored inks and then having a similarly colored in gouache is just well water color posh really really Pleasant I highly suggest if you have been feeling a little held back by the final outcome of your pieces this might be a good step if you use line work that is but it was just I cannot describe how incredibly like visually pleasant it was to watch but I had a lot of fun paging him with very cold blue tones it's always kind of a treat to be able to take the color that I'm not used to using in that particular way and experimenting with it so for this one since it was a blue and orange color palette I did want to make sure that there was variety in his skin color still because also gives it life and interest I ended up going with a little bit of a green hint for the shadows and for areas like the tops of the ears and the nose and the shoulders where there might be a little bit more blood circulation so in a normal code skin you'll get where it's a little bit more of a warm red tone I just pushed a little bit warmer but in the blue scale so I think that actually it worked out pretty nicely too because it doesn't mimic the the yellow in the background where it's an orange color having the green tip a little bit in that direction rather than purple just helps it to remain more harmonious so that's a little bit of a trick is that if you want that color to have a similar color to the background like this just tip it in that direction so they have that same color base one thing that I wish I had done better actually is that I wished I pushed the shadows more on his face I've been wanting to get more into having very dynamic shadows that are cast on two faces and skin like this and I think this was a little bit of a missed opportunity the shadows that I did put at the beginning I was a little bit timid with them so I blotted them out more and I tried to fade them out and it could have used more contrast in his face I think that the biggest issue is simply that I was working on his face first and then I did his hair after and I did do some touch-ups on his face afterwards but when I was doing the base of his face it was compared to all white in the background so it was hard to make sure that the values were where they needed to be and that's that's the thing that I think I could get better as work on a piece a little bit more overall and building it up so that I can get the values correct for the whole piece rather than overworking one area or not working enough but thinking it's done and then moving on to another because I think if I'm able to be able to look at one area compared to another I can get the values correct and get the colors correct but that's the that's one thing that it just depending on the piece sometimes I do better at and sometimes other pieces I do worse at but I think this one I did focus a little bit too much on refining his face before I really got any basis for any other areas on this piece done and then I finally got to putting down the wash for the background this is one of the steps that I should have done a lot sooner into the process so I could make everything look the way I want to from the get-go like I mentioned but this is a really pleasant wash to do some of them I find that for some reason I struggle a little bit more but I think the shapes that define the edges of the background were more simple than they usually are for me so I was able to get much smoother of a wash than I normally have to struggle with to get through so that can actually add a lot to being able to get a very smooth look depending on how intricate your edges are so really the most complicated areas were his hair and that was very easy to go in with a thin brush and just pull the paint in and fill those areas in so that is a big thing when you're working on getting very smooth flat washes is just beginning to pay attention to the shapes and the edges that you have to fill in if it's a very very complex and you have to get a lot of little crevices and then you have to go back to other areas I sometimes will use miss kit just a block that area off and that way I can get a very smooth wash but this one since it's so small and pretty simple I was able to get a surprisingly smooth wash pretty quickly and easily and then I decided to actually leave the smoke effect white and then gray and while I was painting this I was debating whether I wanted it to be a yellow-orange effect if that was going to be the thing that matched his eyes ultimately went with the orange in the background and then this was going to be white with a gray border I it really just when I was looking at it I liked the stark contrast of it compared to the two colors and being able to look at it that way pretty much to the whole painting process it was pretty convinced that I liked that effect actually went in and mixed a grey ink for the outlines but I used a brush it was just a little bit to fix other areas where the border on that smoke effect was overpowering what I want it to look like I want it to be a little bit more delicate and flowing so I ended up going in with my white gouache and blocking in pretty much all the white area again and just cutting into some of that ink work so that it does have a little bit more of a slimline effect and actually really loved using white gouache in my watercolor arsenal if you notice everyone saw I'll pull it out when I'm using it but it is a huge tube of paint now because I used up all my other white gouache but it's surprising how many uses I have found in my paintings I 100 cent prefer it for any highlights that I want in a piece because it is water soluble so it is way better fitted for the subject matter and for all the media that's happening below at the watercolours and say a white ink that's permanent there have been many times where I put down my wash and then had been able to use water and clean it up to the way that I wanted it to and just that that nice marriage between the watercolors and the wash just really work well together so I actually really recommend getting some white gloss and seeing how you like incorporating it into your watercolors and being able to use them for effects and for highlights and even mixing a little bit of watercolor paint into them to tint them but yeah it's a it's a tool that I've really grown to love and to need what's my watercolor paintings and that is that for today's complementary color palette or the same thing so if you'd like to take part in that and also do a complementary color piece or if you've done recently and you'd like to show me please hashtag it hashtag Danica sills color and I'd love to take a look at it and as always I do have the original available so if you'd like to own this little painting I have them available at my shop and there's a link down in the description as well as in the end card that'll happen in just a second and I do have free shipping for all orders u.s. 35 and over and international $75 and over and to do post every Wednesdays and Saturdays so I'll see you guys at my next video


  1. Really like your channel. Would you consider doing a longer vid showing your process from sketch to ink/colour?

  2. Could you please elaborate on the pencil? I couldn't quite make it what it was. A "cold erase pencil"? (Instead of using graphite.) Thank you.

  3. Exciting! I tried to get into color theory for a while two years ago, and while I know I should have stuck with it, I gave up way too quickly on trying to understand it and learning how to use it to make my art better. Blue ad orange are two of my favorite colors, and though this is more of a yellow, they still really do contrast each other. I'll have to take part in this when I'm back in school- my teacher is letting me do specialized artwork, of which I've chosen watercolor as I hope to be a print artist as well in my future and I've paired 5 art classes with Engineering, English, and Marketing- but I don't have decent brushes on my person. I bought a few the other day, but the way the brushes were preserved left them far too stiff to paint with, even after I attempted to wash them out. I got a few to loosen to the point I could paint with them, but they were a very poor quality brush, and barely held water so they delivered almost no color when I was trying to paint, and I certainly couldn't do details for the life of me.

    I have a large watercolor sketchbook I hope to use at some point, but right now it's hibernating while I wait to get back to school where the tools I need are available to me. I do have most everything else I need for my watercolor paintings, the brushes are the only missing aspect, and that makes life difficult. I was also hoping to pick up micron pens at some point, since I've been using sharpie up until now (they leak, so I have to watercolor over the pencil, but the pencil rubs into the paint and makes it look dirty, and then I redo the lines over the paint… it's just a mess) but I haven't gotten those yet either.

    It's also nice to see you explain a little more of your process- looking at your videos I never noticed you erase lines after you ink when you don't use the light box. Do you do this with the col-erase pencils as well? And are col-erase pencil only erasable by the eraser at the end of that pencil or can kneaded erasers pick them up too?

    To be honest, I really love this piece. I've been wondering for a while- are there ever stories behind the characters you make with your art? They always feel like there's more to the character than the artwork lets on, just by the expressions and feeling of motion from the artwork. I often draw my characters with no story in mind, and create one as I work, imagining the deeper meanings of the piece. I'd love to see some repeat characters as well, though I know that's not necessarily good marketing and it's hard to get another message from a character that was designed for a concept in mind.

  4. 2 years ago i had to work on a selfportrait in the same colors, I went for a more light blue to orange –
    i love how your work turned out, especially how you blended those. to opposite colors together, its so beautiful! the final result looks really mesmerising and beautiful! and i love how you explain your thoughts and ideas that went into your work ^^

  5. Will there be art prints available of this one? I love it! Keep up your video's. Ik truly appreciate how dedicated you are with creating and posting!

  6. I really enjoyed this piece! I saw the original in your shop and was wondering if you were planning on doing prints of this or just selling the original one? In case you're on the fence, I know I would definitely buy a print of it.

  7. Loved your video and all of your art! Is there anyway you can go over the paint brushes you use? I've gone to buy different types before but I don't quite under which ones do what. Thanks!

  8. Can you please paint a face lit from below I am having problems getting it right thanks for all your help really inspiration to me so hella thanks

  9. I'm left handed too and was wondering if you have a problem drawing on paper bc I have to turn it sideways to draw and write and it messes up the drawing and how you get past that

  10. I was just doing some research on white gouache and thinking I needed to get some, your comments and experiences with it have totally convinced me that I do. Thanks!

  11. yes hello hi could you tell me what your little intro music is?? it sounds pretty interesting and idk about you but id put that on my playlist

  12. This reminds me somewhat of Kisame Hoshigaki from Naruto. He even has the hair style and color, skin color, and eye color. Thought the black eyeshadow and gills are missing. Plus samehada

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