What do the different theme color combinations say about a character? What should I expect from characters with different major color combinations in their theme? Like, if I'm an "evil" character, do I HAVE to have a black primary color with a red or green secondary color? How can I use theme to demonstrate my evilness without it being all black on black on black? (Sorry, I know that's a couple of questions, but I'm SUPER curious about all of this!) -C
This is probably one of the most intriguing questions I’ve gotten on this blog thus far, and I would like to thank you for sending it. It’s honestly not something I’ve personally given much thought. However, colors and color choices are probably among the most powerful kinds of symbolism; and can create a certain type of atmosphere when used correctly. Red often symbolizes anger, passion, or love; while blue for example is often a calm, soothing color.
Personally, I tend to not pay too much attention to my character’s personality when I choose color schemes for character blogs; simply because I like to be a little unconventional with my color choices, and also because I prefer lighter color schemes in general. So, when playing a character with a darker personality, I tend to avoid black or colors that are too dark. For example, a lot of people who make roleplays with horror or violence type thematics seem to be inclined to go with red/black/grey color schemes; while I would perhaps go for something dark as well, but perhaps within a purple or brown spectrum instead.
When it comes to black, I’m often very vary of using it as a primary color, considering the fact that it might be a little too empowering. When doing black and white color schemes, for example, I tend to have white as the main color, and use black for details to create contrast; rather than using white on black. Black also has the quality of making anything you put against it appear a little brighter than it actually is, or perhaps too dark to be able to distinguish. All of this can damage readability and visual aesthetics.
As for your last question about how to use a theme to demonstrate evilness without it being all black on black, the solution is relatively simple. No, you don’t have to use black as a primary color for an “evil” character. Firstly, if you disregard the colors for a moment, you can easily create a menacing atmosphere by using bold design elements; such as bigger, square shapes that create contrast.
When it comes to colors, a lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that most colors carry positive as well as negative symbolism. Green symbolizes jealousy, misfortune, and envy; purple symbolizes cruelty and arrogance; yellow symbolizes dishonesty, cowardice, deceit, illness, and hazard, etc. So, if you want to use themes and colors to demonstrate certain traits your character has, I would suggest you think outside the box. Read up on color symbolism, rather than sticking with the obvious choices.
This is a long answer; and I hope it actually answered some of your questions, rather than just being mindless rambling.