ETP - Introduction to Color Theory
The Use of Color
The flow and placement of a piece of art, as well as the quality of design, aren’t the only elements a person sees when admiring a quality tattoo. Just as important, and with arguably more initial impact, are the colors used to bring the piece to life. Even if his or her piece is entirely done in black and shades of gray, the choice of colors that are used in the design are what gives the tattoo its initial impact.
Red and orange, or green and blue are sets that work well together visually. A secondary color will look more like one of the primary colors it is composed of when it is next to the other primary color it is made from. The exact same shade of green, for example, will look more yellow when it is on a blue background, and will look more blue when it is on a yellow background. Analogous colors can be used to add dimension to a tattoo, but it is important to keep in mind that these colors may flatten out when placed together, making the entirety of the image appear red-orange or blue-green if the color plan for the tattoo isn’t well thought out before application.