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Natural Color Palette by TimBeard Natural Color Palette by TimBeard
Okay folks. I've noticed some comments about my use of color lately. So if anyone is interested I have compiled these charts in Photoshop. This is a palette that I picked up way back in community college and have been using ever since. It's a great palette to get a nice natural look to your work. It's also pretty economical since you only need to buy 6 tubes of paint:

1) Titanium White
2) French Ultramarine
3) Pthalo Green (Blue Shade)
4) Yellow Ochre
5) Cadmium Red Light
6) Burnt Sienna

Keep in mind that I paint in oils so the names might differ in other mediums.

The whole reason for this was that I wanted to make my digital art have the same color feeling as my traditional paintings. It's not perfect by any stretch but it's pretty close to what I wanted.

Feel free to download this and try it out if you want to. I really recommend trying to replicate this with real paints. I can't stress enough how valuable going through the steps of color mixing is.

If you have any questions about what you see here please feel free to ask and I will try and respond.
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ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Thank you for creating and sharing this! It helps me a lot because it opened eyes
tjcooper666 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! this helped :)
Lacee-Shaw Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Extremely helpful. Thank you for posting this.
TimBeard Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'm glad that people can get some use out of it.
schwalsberger Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
ok... i'll steal some of those for my new logo^^ hahahah no i'm serious ;)
sepia-nights Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Awesome. : D
good job. 8D
DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very nice, I have all those colors so I'll try it out :D my palette as of now is 12 colors and I like it but I might try this just for a limited palette exercise.
TimBeard Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This palette does have it's restrictions but I think that's what I like about it. Really makes you think about what you are doing before any color goes down.
DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
have you ever tried painting with just the primaries + white, that one makes me think a lot xD it works best with colored pencils though, as the colors dont turn as muddy since its optical blending that does the job.
TimBeard Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That's actually how I work when I do gouache paintings. I agree with you on that one though. You really do have to think pretty far ahead in that method.
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