Background Colour Research

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been researching into colour combinations and colour theory. I’ve never been very good with choosing the right colours for backgrounds and wanted to learn more about colour so I had a better understanding of which colours work well with each other. As well as looking at lots of different colour schemes and researching into colour theory I also looked at the work of some of my favourite artists to see how they choose background colours.

Something that I saw a lot was the use of light pastel colours for the background which caused the focus to be on the illustration. I feel some of the backgrounds I’ve chosen in some of my past work mould into my illustration causing it to get lost and fall back rather than jump out from the page and catch the attention of the audition. To test out the pastel background idea I chose to use a pastel blue in my newest piece to see how it worked and I’m very happy with the results. Although I kept to a bright background by choosing a slightly lighter pastel shade I think it’s really helped to keep the focus on the main work. With future work I’ll try out more pastel colours and see how they work and hopefully they’ll have the same effect.

As well as choosing to stick with pastel backgrounds I’ve decided to choose a colour scheme for backgrounds so my illustrations all work together when placed side by side. Over time I will change the colour scheme to keep my work looking fresh but for now I think sticking with this particular fixed colour scheme will help bring all of my work together.

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