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The meaning of colors

Today I’ve been thinking about color – how do we use it in our fashion sketches to communicate different messages. Is our art becoming limited by working with the same color palette every time? How color changes the meaning of an artwork?

I did an experiment coloring the same image in different colors. In all the variations the skin and the hair are in the same neutral tone and the only thing that is changing are the blouse, the lips and the earing of the model. Yet the message that each of these drawings communicates is unique and so different from the rest.

Each color combo has a different message

  • Green + Orange/ Yellow : Fresh

  • Blue + Green/ Gray : Cool, Masculine

  • Purple + Brown : Mature

  • Red + Yellow: Flashy, Sexy

  • Pink + Baby Blue: Sweet, Cute

  • Golden/Silver: Luxury

  • Yellow + Orange/Brown: Warm

  • Black + Blue/Red: Powerful


It was a fun thing to do in a lazy afternoon and it reminded me the importance of using the right colors. Color is essential part of creating a fashion design that tells a story.

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About Teya Bozhilova

Teya is the owner and creator of idrawfashion.com. She works as a freelance fashion illustrator for established and start up fashion labels. Always and forever excited to bring creative ideas to life with her colorful fashion sketches and a touch of glamour. If you are looking to hire a fashion illustrator and create something beautiful together don't hesitate to get in touch!

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  1. You should put more videos on ur youtube channel it iz awwesome!

  2. Your explanations are damn helpful n amazing thnx a lot..

  3. Thanks soo much Teya. Your website has been very helpful 2 me :-)

  4. Thank you much for posting this because I have true issues with colors. I have a tendicy of using alot of blue. I think it’s a safe color for me. Now that I know the meaning maybe I will cool it with the blue

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