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Since I've had a few questions asked about the colours that I use in my palette, I decided to explain it visually. My palette has 24 colours (up from 18), selected for various reasons. Even though some of the colours look similar, they handle differently when painting and produce different effects. I won't get into individual colour choices right now, but I'll outline a few things to consider when selecting colours.


High Staining Colours
PR179, PR171, PR122, PO49, PBr41, PB60, PY119, PBk31

These colours stain heavily, meaning they are difficult to lift from the paper after they have been painted down. This property is useful when you want to glaze colours over one another, as the second layer won't wash out a layer of staining pigments as much as a layer of non-staining ones.


Granulating Colours
PV16, PB29, PB35, PY43, PG17, PG18, PBr7, PY119, PR101

These colours have texture to them that is visible in washes and thinner applications. Grains of pigment lie on the surface of the paper rather than being soaked into it, creating the visible texture. For that reason, granulating colours tend to lift more easily from the paper.


Opacity vs. Transparency

The solid black lines are there to demonstrate colours' relative transparency and opacity in mass tone (painted straight from the tube with minimal water added). As a general rule, opaque colours tend to lift more easily than transparent ones, though there are a few exceptions.
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thatreevesgirl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Thank you for putting this together. It is so wonderfully helpful.

It is nice to be able to see the textures of some brands that I haven't used before. I'm always a little leery of switching over to a new brand because I'm already familiar with my palette and how grainy the colors I'm using are. I've been wanting to upgrade a few colors to a better brand for awhile, so I think I might next time I'm in the art store.
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional
Glad you found it helpful. :)
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Iron-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow awesome. being color blind I don't trust myself when picking colors, and having this list will help me. :D
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional
Glad you found it helpful. :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very useful! Having them illustrated is more helpful than "knowing" which are opaque or semi-opaque.
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
:nod: Glad you find it helpful. :)
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one, man. Thanks for sharing your colour expertise. Love your palette too. Very convenient layout.
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
Glad you found it helpful!
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KelliRoos Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Good stuff! :thumbsup:
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
Thanks! :ahoy:
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leomon32 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Nice, I must check them, sometimes i'm lost with choosing a good color, that might help me^^
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
Glad you found it useful. :)
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LovgrenO Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
I am kind of lost here but I got to admire your knowledge about this. I suspect that you take your career quite seriously.
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
That I do.
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually pretty cool to see.

You know all those colours by their letter number names? PG50 and that? That is cool. XD
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
The CI numbers are printed on the tubes too, but I just memorized 'em for kicks.

Yeah I know, I'm a dork. :nerd:
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao:

You never know when it could come in handy.
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Mafeo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
That's cool, bro. I only use like five colors, and mix them to get what I need. Maybe I should buy more, works for you.
Thanks for the insights!
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
No worries. :)

Hey, if 5 colours works for you, stick with them!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
sweet
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional
Thanks!
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