@sigross Ah, so you are using traditional paint for your originals. Yes, I agree an objective way to measure color could be helpful, especially with neutrals. I used to mix a lot of oils, always by sight, but now I am doing almost all digital.
Which book did you buy? Was it this? https://www.pantone.com/products/graphics/formula-guide.
Thanks for the tutorial! I never even noticed the color libraries button before. Cool! I had an idea what the RBG and CMYK numbers meant, but like you, I usually just use the color picker or choose the color by sight. But if I hope to print, I need to learn this stuff.
How would I know which screen colors can't be printed using the subtractive process? That's what books use, right? (Pardon my ignorance!).
And yeah, those metallics are notorious. This I know from studying medieval art, where the gold leaf photos are always terrible. For that matter, most art photos are inaccurate.
@ThisKateCreates I used the coolors app (and tried the others) yesterday and it's so fun. I may be addicted!
Yesterday I was seeing color schemes everywhere I went. You guys have opened up another level of awareness for me, not based so much on copying accurate color or even interpreting impressionistic color, but on harmony within the scheme itself and making it work with value. That was the piece that needed developing. Thank you!!