# Selecting the exact color

I'm trying to be an expert for choosing colors and combining colors. So I found a tutorial making schools sets icons and for a start, I am making a pencil but I'm not going to follow the same exact color on the tutorial. I'll do it my own with a touch of red with the flat pencil vector as an exercise for me, I am choosing the monochromatic method of color theory but how do you know exactly if your lighting or shadowing of red on the pencil is correct or industry standards? I am having the hard time understanding people I encountered in youtube on how they choose a light or shadow color of the main color. If there are any question please free to ask. Thank very much.

# The Tutorial I'm following:

As you can see how the tutor made the pencil yellow color beautifully from lighting to shadows.

• – Rafael Nov 19 '16 at 0:56
• And, lucky for us, there is no industry standard for this. – Rafael Nov 19 '16 at 1:04
• @Rafael, thank you for answering. I checked the first page and tried it out with my colors. However, the red was too dark and the skin like color has a dark green after minimizing the RGB by 50% as shown in the answer. The 2nd question I realized you were the person, how did you corrected those colors? – M. M. Human Nov 19 '16 at 5:35
• You do understand that there is no correct color? – joojaa Nov 19 '16 at 10:14
• @joojaa, I know there is no correct specific color but I do believe there is an appropriate way(s) to color an object. As you can see the Yellow pencil it was colored attractive to the eyes not irritating and I'm finding the correctness of approach. Sorry for the misunderstanding. – M. M. Human Nov 19 '16 at 11:03

• Hi Webstarian, thanks for your answer, it's a useful method. The question asks specifically for correct method or industry standards, like in a color theory way where you can calculate the exact values. Could you elaborate on why your method would be more advisable than a numeric one? – PieBie Jan 6 '17 at 10:03

• Welcome to Graphic Design SE. Please note that link-only answers are frowned upon here, as they may get useless if the link dies. Can you please summarise the essential aspects of the link, lest your answer be deleted. – Wrzlprmft Nov 20 '16 at 0:27
• Yes Yurikleb, I aware of that and studied them but I am finding the appropriate group colors used for illustration. However, I found something helpful in the link like the examples given and that is some parts of the answer I am looking for. I hope you have more link or supporting facts about the appropriate pallette for illustration. Please comment as soon as possible. So that I may consider your answer as correct. – M. M. Human Nov 20 '16 at 7:12
• Hi, sorry for the late response. – yurikleb Nov 30 '16 at 15:13
• there is no correct colour for an illustration, it something that comes with practice. the colour palette is defined by the artist depending on what he wants to convey thru the illustration, you can draw the same pencil in 1000 different ways, and all of them will be correct. If you are Illustrating a children book you will probably go for a colour palette which is "calm" and and consist of colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel. if you are illustrating a pencil on a "Soviet Propaganda Poster" your colour palette will probably consist of colours with more contrast. – yurikleb Nov 30 '16 at 15:21
• there are many books talking about colour theory that help designers get started and understand how colours work and how to use them for their benefit, but most of the understanding comes from practice and experience. Drawing as much as possible yourself and looking at other works and learning from them. – yurikleb Nov 30 '16 at 15:25