Color Theory and Tools for Color Palettes
I really was a time ago.
For a long time I was using colors just appealing to my taste, producing works with different grades of quality, but with no real guides to follow.
Fear not! There are guides and simple rules to keep you in the good path to produce mesmerizing pieces of art.
Here are my favorite tutorials I found on the internet to introduce you in the amazing world of colors. All of them are oriented to digital painting, but you can use the theory for the traditional media too.
1.- Color theory for designers — a crash course (with infographic)
By Micah Bowers http://www.designmicah.com
2.- Simona Ceccarelli tutorials:
@smceccarelli on Twitter
Color for Illustration part 1: All you need to know about color theory
Color for Illustration part 2: Forget theory, keep calm and do color studies
3.- Ahmed Aldoori's Basic Color tutorial:
@ahmedaldoori on Twitter.
I watched this tutorial several times, because is very practical. He also includes some free Photoshop brushes.
4.- Jon Neimeister tutorial on Skin Tones:
@Andantonius on Twitter
Includes the Psd to download.
5.- Paintable: Color Thumbnails: How to Pick Better Colors (Fast!)
@PaintableCC on Twitter
6.- Colors in Goethe
Maria Popova @brainpicker on Twitter.
This is an interesting article published at BrainPickings about Goethe's Color Theory.
Color Hunt - Color Palettes:
Grabient - Gradients
Color Palette Generator
Cloudflare Design Color
I hope this will be helpful.