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It is common practice to consider colors for the costume elements. In addition to the interactions of the costume and light colors previously discussed, psychological associations of color should be considered. These associations are largely subliminal, but definitely effective to reinforce aspects of a character's personality. For example, in most cultures, black represents fear, death and uncertainty. Black could play a dominant role in the color scheme of an evil character, hopefully with the effect of enhancing the character's nastiness. Figure 2.3 lists some common color associations.

Figure 2.3: Table of common colors and common associations. These colors, when used in costumes, can be used to accentuate certain features of a characters personality.
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black & depressing, so...
...ness, royalty \\
green & peaceful, hopeful \\

Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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