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Design Tip #1 by Kawiku Design Tip #1 by Kawiku
Just a very quick tutorial I made to help begginer artists to design characters. Actually, this is not really a tutorial at all, just a reference of colors to NOT put directly together if you don't want to hurt people's eyes by making poor color choices. If you have characters with very similar color palettes, you may want to read about the theory of colors to help you at designing characters.

I'm not going to explain the whole theory of colors, since I'm not too good at explaining and there are already plenty of tutorials you can find about it.

So here are two tutorials on colors made by others, containing very useful information that will help you in designing characters and even more:

Unified Color Palette Tutorial by Cpresti How I See Color - A Tutorial by purplekecleon
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:iconrippedmoon:
RippedMoon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Red and yellow don't match? but the very character on the cover of the tutorial in the description is red and yellow...
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SubterraneanSunrise Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not the colors themselves that are bad together, it's their saturation levels which is part of the point of these demonstrations.
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:iconrippedmoon:
RippedMoon Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find #13 cute, and very similar to the character on the cover.
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toskurra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my eyes
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KawaiiSugarCake Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay but can I borrow the yellow and aqua one because Kawaii 
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AthiyahTA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay lezbe honest here

The purple/grey/black and the red/black were dull and velvet-y enough to actually look good, and the Orange in the Red/Orange is dull and reddish enough to match, and the Blue/purple had enough cyan blue spots to make it appear as if it was an exotic underwater creature.

Other than that everything else hurts my eyes.
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fabbuIous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
let's be honest, 7 was cute
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:iconkonekoi:
Konekoi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
people always make adoptables in these colors XD
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:iconfabbuious:
fabbuIous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
same here
also most of these are very cheap
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:iconkonekoi:
Konekoi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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:iconcoranila:
Coranila Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I swear out of everyone I know, most of them have characters in these exact colour schemes...
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SilverSnow177 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
11 has a wonderful color palette 
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:iconmoonietamashi:
MoonieTamashi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scrolling up and down these make my eyes hurt so badly..
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Aeriiss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
11 actually has a nice colour scheme to it. I quite like it.
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SubterraneanSunrise Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's distressing, cringe-worthy how many people are applauding these terrible color schemes and "sparklecreature".
Even moreso that they make up most of the commentary.
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Alisenokmice Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
... but some of these seems like usual sparkle, it's not so bad x) For example i think that pink with yellow seems so pretty and interesting (number 10). Also, number 11 have a natural pallete, I don't think that he has a horrible colors o.0 Some of foxes and wolves has a simillar pallete, lol.
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sapstar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Some of these I think would be fine it is just that some of the colors are so saturated they hurt my eyes >.<
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starlightsparklestar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, like the yellow and blue one close to the bottom.
A lot of these would work with a more fine-tuned colour scheme.
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sapstar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Yep.
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:icondreamykittytimeswirl:
DreamyKittyTimeSwirl Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend just made a character that looks like the first one. But I like it. XDD
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:iconpinkmako:
pinkmako Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my goodness and I think I've seen each of these in serious use before
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:iconkimmiiiee:
kimmiiiee Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
The 4th one is the only one I like :stare:
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:iconturtlekisskiss:
Turtlekisskiss Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually like all of these....
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:iconace--adopts:
Ace--Adopts Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually like the first one a lot
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Aisheyru-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like most of these. XD XD XD 
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nekuroSilver Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
I love #11. It's colours aren't as saturated as the others. I'd maybe darken the gray a bit though. 

#20 and #21 make me sick. Blue and orange being used together should be a crime x3
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:iconrippedmoon:
RippedMoon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my character is blue& orange Torey Ref by RippedMoon  
;n;
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nekuroSilver Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
The orange here is an accent, not a base colour. If you switched the light blue with orange then you'd have a problem
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:iconrippedmoon:
RippedMoon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, I see >u> yeah i suppose base color orange and blue would seem weird
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Assasin-Kiashi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
blue and orange can work together really well due to being complimentary colours, but as with any colours like the ones in these examples, too much saturation often makes it look terrible. for example, look at the Pokemon Mudkip, and you can see that the use of blue and orange is perfect.  I really like 9 honestly, it's not too over saturated, and red can work as a decent accent to blue.
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ambominabletoaster Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the 4th one. reminds me of the cheshire cat. but if the purple were darker it'd be better.
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:iconfabbuious:
fabbuIous Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Red + Green = :iconcannotevenplz:
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:icondontstealmypie:
DontStealMyPie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg 8 and 15 are horrible
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:iconsunshinechic:
SunshineChic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Purple and yellow = no no ;-; (unless your character is barney)
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:iconstarlightsparklestar:
starlightsparklestar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Purple and yellow are complimentary colours and can look pretty darn nice together if it's not completey oversaturated.
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SunshineChic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Purple and yellow = no no ;-;
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:iconnerptune:
nerptune Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY NEON SHIT, BATMAN

:iconimdedplz:
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:iconxxchibilunaxx:
xXChibiLunaXx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Artist
HELP IT BURNZ! (those colors 0O0) Those puppies are adorable though!
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:iconwolfkwe123:
wolfkwe123 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But there also pretty and my main ocis so colourful and she glows.. DX O_O but I like colourful shiny stuff...
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Sakura-Kitteh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But green yellow and blue do not mix, even if yellow and blue make green its still a big no no.
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wolfkwe123 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik but i'm in love with her I cant change her plus Oc's are supposed to represent you
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Sakura-Kitteh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you love her, then who cares what she looks like? If you like her then don't change her because people say you have to. :')
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wolfkwe123 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww thanks :'3
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:iconsakura-kitteh:
Sakura-Kitteh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep!! Keep on drawin' and don't let haters get cha down!!
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:iconwolfkwe123:
wolfkwe123 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Sakura-Kitteh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm!!
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gigifeh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
my eyes are
DEAD
e_e
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ScarLightStar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The last one has colors that are just like my main OC! XC
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Maolite Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
white and cyan arent bad together
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