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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  Hobbyist 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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noxpennatus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. This will be really useful.
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twotoro Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try this out!
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TBOND007 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
See; this is great. Something actually useful! Many thanks. Me,I buy every color I see and use them randomly, So there's no common scheme to anything I do. Which I get grief over from time to time from gallery owners....
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TimBeard Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Sometimes I get a little crazy with this though. I get so fixated on having pieces match in color schemes that I stop worrying about what's actually happening on the canvas. There's a middle ground somewhere in there!
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TBOND007 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I just grab. If it doesn't look good, I can always paint over it. Thats why I like watercolors; you can't do that. you have to know what the hell your up to when you open that can of worms...
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TimBeard Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I think gouache is really good for keeping you in check too since it's so reactive to what you've already put down. Plus there's no matching the purity of the pigments in gouache.
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TBOND007 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
never tried gouache. I usually use acrylics. How do they compare/differ? My biggest gripe with acrylics is also their boon; the dry time.
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TimBeard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Gouache is like an opaque watercolor that dries pretty quick. They dry to a matte finish. The color is unmatchable though. They have the highest pigment ratio of any paint that you can buy. The only down side is, like I said before, their reactivity to what you've already put down. So you have to think ahead a lot. They aren't that cheap but a tube can last a long time. I love gouache myself. Some people struggle a lot with it.
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TBOND007 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Sounds interesting. I think I might have used them before; everything turns brown in a hurry when your mixing yeah?
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TimBeard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Filmographer
That sounds like my first time mixing them up.
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sjbernhisel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is great. I plan on using this in the future. Thanks a bunch!
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olliesan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
very nice of you to share :)
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TimBeard Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
No problem. I hope that people can get some use out of this.
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nothought Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
awesome.
color is one of my biggest flaws.
it took me ages just to know HOW to mix paints.
and I'm still not even close to being as good as I'd like.

anway. big thanks.
i like the simplicity.
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TimBeard Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I still feel like I have a lot to learn about color too. I've painted the triangle charts on the bottom of this thing twice now. It's intense but you sure do learn a lot.
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nothought Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
yea definitely.
for me it's a lot about trail and error.
it's a long process but definitely worth it!
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