Choosing Colors for Storytelling

Choosing Colors for Storytelling

taught by Will Terry
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Andy Lo Tam Loi

sylvie leclerc

Tom Godfrey

Andy Lo Tam Loi

sylvie leclerc

Tom Godfrey

Monica B

I really loved this class! I have taken gazillions of online art classes as well as live painting and drawing classes. I have always been afraid of color. Somehow I never learned how to use color. I was just told to use cooler colors in the ba...

Lisa valenzuela

Kelli Cholette

Alex Diaz

Excellent class! I love Will Terry's classes. He explains so well and goes through the information in a very through manner.

Ana Maria Mendez Salgado

Xitlali Pérez Minssart

Glenn Hibburt

Brilliant yet again. Will is generous in what he teachers. I'm learning something new everyday. Helpful insight into the importance of colour and it's symbols, what and how it communicates.

Yasushi Matsuoka

Jae Johans

Really helped with issues I’ve struggled with for a while. Will try putting them into practice then come back and rewatch them.

Alexandra Hall-Pinner

sam marrero

Great resource.

mara fradella

Bethany Hissong

I didn't realize what I'd forgotten to apply to my illustrations surrounding color choices and emphasis. This video was excellent in pointing out how to make a much stronger story with color! I am so thankful that I can take these classes and that...

Moon Lie Fong

Murielle Evers

Sophia Gabo

Miguel C Hernandez

I found this course extremely helpful. Especially because Mr. Terry gave so many examples of what he would do in certain color situations. However he also kept mentioning to experiment which I believe is something that all artists should practice....

Laurie DeMott

I find choosing colors to be more difficult when doing a children's book because for consistency sake, I have to retain the local color of characters or their clothing while putting them in different scenes, situations, and lighting. This was ver...

Diego Araujo

A lot of thinking goes into choosing colours - its more of a brain process than just an arm movement thing! Will Terry manages to distill this into a lot of useful information! I like how he presents this class as a series of ideas for developing ...

Erik Gonçalves dos Reis

Judging by that front sketch beautifully rendered in three different ways, I was expecting something a bit more technical so as analysis of specific color schemes or how to set certain moods through color, or even a quick demo at the end. However,...

Susan Szecsi

Kimmie Fransson

Tatiany Rocha de Freitas

Ana Cuellar

Anita Waugh

I found this very helpful for me. Thank you!

Richard Cartwright

Will Terry
Will Terry
Illustrator

About the instructor

Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 26 years. He got his start working for magazines and newspapers in the Washington D.C. area. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, WSJ and ads for Sprint, Pizza Hut, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children’s books for a number of publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Penguin. When he's not mountain biking, hiking, or snowboarding he works out of the svslearn.com office in Provo Utah. 


This class is designed to help artists develop a method for picking colors, color schemes, and light temperature when painting their drawings. Often artists develop the skills to create masterful drawings but constantly fall short in their color choices for objects, characters, clothing, and backgrounds. This class gives artists options and steps to begin logically making color choices for their illustrations. Will shows how you can neutralize your colors to avoid creating accidental focal points as well as making conscious decisions for your intended focal points. Controlling emphasis is to control the story you are trying to tell.

Will demonstrates how he picks colors, how he uses light to influence his colors, and how culture and symbols dictate what colors you should use. If you struggle with your color choices this video will help you develop a system of attack.


As with any skill practice makes perfect and with color this is especially true. Look at how other artists are using color. Step back from your pieces or zoom out so you can more easily see your color relationships and evaluate them for storytelling and focal point. Your color sensibilities will evolve over time if your are constantly mindful of the colors you experience in your daily life as well as those you choose to create your images.



Course Contents

9 Videos
1 Download
2.0 hrs