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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
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tjcooper666 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! this helped :)
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Lacee-Shaw Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Extremely helpful. Thank you for posting this.
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TimBeard Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'm glad that people can get some use out of it.
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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 ;)
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sepia-nights Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Awesome. : D
good job. 8D
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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