(Why anime?) The Colours of Anime; The Basics and Why?
Ah, the colours of the Rainbow can get really beautiful if you get a really good shot with your DSLR-camera.
But you know what's even more beautiful? That a computer is capable of displaying colours beyond the rainbow as we see them in the sky.
Like the masterpieces made from Picasso to Da Vinci himself, they needed to use colours to show and represent their art-work to the world. And today, we create vivid colours and express them in the way we best know how; Through Anime!
But, simply using colours to create your character isn't going to be enough to earn a overall score of 8/10 or above on MyAnimeList without knowing what colours, lightning, transparency and intensity you want to use.
And it's not really as simple as just going with that a darker tone on the template automatically makes for a thriller.
This and much more, I can promise you that the studio are more than familiar with when choosing and picking colours to use.
So, how does different colours interact the best way in anime?
Now, what are colours for you, an anime-viewer?
Well, colours as we see them define/highlight a specific thing, set, action or character in an anime. You have lots of colours to choose and pick as you want when it comes to create a character, which you can see above. Represented in a full-colour choice, this is what the RGB-spectrum looks like in its simpliest form (RedGreenBlue). Then you have to have a certain intensity to the colour, by either amplifying it or let it fade a bit.
This is the transparency of the colours, adding depth in your pool of choices. You might think that it is adding or subtracting white into the mix, but that's wrong.
This is the last component into adding an even deeper depth to your choices, the white-balance.
If you add white to red, you get pink. If you take away light from red, you get blood-red (note that adding black will always result in the colour black).
And that's it, right?
Well, not really...
That's just ONE colour you've been playing around with. Now it's time to let two different colours interact with each other. The best way to truly interact with one another is by having basically two opposites, almost like a hero-villain theme. An interaction between the colour blue and red results in you having a defined position on your characters/things/whatever
Oh, and note that the opposite of the colour black is any colour at all (most notably White), since the colour black is actually the colour that lacks light at all. This means that it can compliment most if not all colours with a great effect. Not only that, but black automatcially highlights colours that it surrounds.
When interactions happen, you play with your colours, letting them compliment each other!
Now that we've gone through with the outmost basic of basics with colours, it's time to see what colours can represent. I mentioned earlier that most thrillers usually have a more darker tone to the show. Well, that's no surprise as we often tie dark/black with the fear, mystery, and so on. But that's because we relate them to things that we associate the colours with.
Look at the pic, and there's a clear association to things we already knew it represent since childhood.
Take the colour black (again). It is the colour of the unknown, for you cannot see beyond the void or through the shadows.
Take the colour red. It is the colour of blood, meaning that something or you are wounded and in danger
Take the colour blue. It is the colour of water, and it can be as still (and therefore, calm) as a mirror if need be.
Take the colour green. It is the colour of grass, representing life as we know it.
Now, of course, in anime, you can emphasize that notion by playing around with transpareny, white-balance and interactions to make what you want to represent represent it even more!
Now, we just talked about how black colour can strengthen any other colour it needs to compliment. Well, white is just as capable.
And mix those three simple colours, you get yourself an eye-popping image! Look at the purple tower and the blue tablet. Along with the white-and-black interaction, we also have opposites in the "cold"-colours and the "warm"-colours from the streets below!
Opposites thereby give great interaction and therefore results
Now, here's a cool example...
What does the orange template (created by the sun) imply? :)
Now, there are ways to show off details, ones that you consciously don't pick up but subconsciously.
Take the pic of Sora & Shiro. Their outlines aren't black, but red, given the fact that the anime is heavily related to games.
Take the pic from Nagi no Asukara. Their outlines are blue, except for the ones who doesn't come from the sea.
There's a much deeper analysis that can go around with colours. But, this will do for now :D
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