When creating metal album art it is assumed artist will use more black/red than light red/beige. All the darkness, blood and monsters are known as the conventions of metal but taking a closer look to the colour palettes of famous metal albums gives a slight different result. I took some classic metal albums from Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Metallica and downshifted their famous albums colour palettes to the minimum just to see what colours are used mostly. I also took some surprises from more gory bands like Cannibal Corpse to point out how a zombie eaten its way back to life can be expressed in a visually harmonic way.
I’m not giving a complete colour theory lecture here but you should all check out colour theories and studies by Goethe, Itten and Albers. Also knowing a bit about warm and cold, complementary colours, colour wheels and colour mixing wont hurt you. For example this article gives you a great idea how important choosing a colour can be: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/28/color-theory-for-designers-part-1-the-meaning-of-color/
Designers often use colour schemes or palettes to help themselves creating visually more pleasing design. Most this worlds most biggest companies only have 1 to 4 colours in their visual identity. There are plenty online services to help you create nice colour palettes such as http://www.colourlovers.com/palettes, https://kuler.adobe.com, http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette and http://colorschemedesigner.com/.
So next time when you are designing album artwork or an invitation to wedding, grab your copy of Venom’s At War With Satan and see what you can come up with…
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