color theory in action
Welcome to the color wheel: an illustrative tool that artists have used for hundreds of years to help them visualize the relations of one color to another. It goes by many names: the color chart, the color circle, and the color disc - and though there are many variations to the actual color wheel, the most common form is the one we'll be learning about today. It has 12 different colors intentionally arranged in the same order around the wheel, including the primary colors, the secondary colors, and the tertiary colors. With this setup, it is easy for artists to take advantage of this indispensable tool and discover the correlations between colors.
As many designers are aware of, colors can either be mixed additively - involving light - or subtractively - involving paints, dyes, or inks. Here we will be looking at subtractive color mixing, as the color wheel is primarily used in art and design, and particularly painting.
Enjoy your colorful learning experience!