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Final Thoughts

A picture, the worn cliché postulates, is worth a thousand words. Words are meaningless without context, without language, structure, or grammar. So, too, are pictures meaningless without form, composition, or color—even if that color is in tones of gray or just black and white.

Color is about communication—speaking of aesthetics, organization, importance, or emotion. Choose warm colors such as orange to attract attention, subdued hues like green to distract it. Fill an object with red to evoke passion, with blue to promote serenity. Use gradients and gradient meshes for subtlety and realism or to create faux dimensionality or motion. Tell a story with your Illustrator drawings.


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