1. In this colour wheel the complementary colours are on the opposite sides of the wheel. You can create grey colours by mixing complementary colours, so using the colour wheel as a guide doesn’t mean applying bright, shiny colours. Chromatic grey created by mixing colours usually looks better than grey made up of pure black and white.
2. For this example I want to paint an ore chasing a faerie. As I imagine the scene, there will be a dark background and a bright foreground, so instead of using a similar colour palette for all the image, I choose to use a complementary palette. It’ll look more appealing and I can separate the foreground from the background to make the image easier to read.
3. Even if I choose to use green and blue colours for the.background, this doesn’t mean that I have to use exclusively green and blue. The richer your colours are, the better. As long as I keep the general hues between bluish and greenish, I can (and should) add slightly different colours, such as red or brown, to improve the ore’s design and to depict him more clearly.
4. By combining two complementary colours, -manage to separate one figure from the other, which creates more depth in the image, and also a more appealing final composition. But I need to remember that the colours are affected by other colours on the scene, so I must reflect that. If I don’t put a bit of orange on the parts next to the faerie, it won’t work.