Colour Theory

Colour wheels

The colour wheels represent the primary, complementary and secondary colours. The colour wheel on the left points out the primary and complementary colours. the one on the right points out the secondary and primary colours.

  • Primary colours – The three colours that can make any other colour except them.
  • Secondary colours – The result of mixing two primary colours together.
  • Complementary colours – Colours that complement each other.



Colour wheel combinations

when creating art there are multiple ways the artist can create it. these are the ways an artist can use the colour wheel to create a piece of art (going from top left to bottom right):

  • Tetredic – Use four colours, with two being it’s complementary colours of the other two colours.
  •  Triadic – Use three evenly spaced colours.
  • Analogous – Use colours that are next to each other, which is used to create transitioning affects and fading of drawings.
  • Split complementary – Use the colours beside the complementary colour to reduce the intensity of the strength contrast between the colours.
  • Complementary colours – Colours that complement each other, which leads to a very nice looking image that doesn’t look off.


Colour shading



Achromatic or gray-scale is the colouring of an image in just different lightings of black. Gray scale is a good colour technique when trying to make something look lifeless or old, it is a good technique in serious loking images.



Monochromatic is the use of a single colour with different types of lighting added in.



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