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EofA: Color Theory

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Rick Dominguez

on 6 December 2016

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Transcript of EofA: Color Theory

Color Wheel
Color Values
Color Schemes

Being familiar with the color wheel not only helps you mix colors when painting, but in adding color to all your art creations.
The color wheel fits together like a puzzle - each color in a specific place.
Primary colors are not mixed from other elements and they generate all other colors.
Red
Yellow
Blue

Primary Colors
By mixing two primary colors, a secondary color is created.

Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Blue + Red = Purple
Secondary Colors
Intermediate Colors
blue-green
blue-purple
red-purple
red-orange
yellow-orange
yellow-green
Intermediate, or Tertiary, colors are created by mixing a primary and a secondary.
Neutral Colors
The principles of color mixing let us describe a variety of colors, but there are still many colors to explore. The neutral colors contain equal parts of each of the three primary colors. Black, white, gray and sometimes brown are considered "neutral”.
Color values are the lights and darks of a color you create by using black and white (‘neutrals”) with a color. This makes hundreds of more colors from the basic 12 colors of the wheel.
white + color = tint
color + black = shade
Tints
Tints are lightened colors. Always begin with white and add a bit of color to the white until the desired tint is obtained.
Shades
Shades are darkened colors. Always begin with the color and add just a bit of black at a time to get the desired shade of a color.
monochromatic
complementary
analogous
warm
and cool.
Color Schemes are a systematic way of using the color wheel to put colors together… in your art work, putting together the clothes you wear, deciding what colors to paint your room…..
Monochromatic
“Mono” means “one”, “chroma” means “color”… monochromatic color schemes have only one color and its values. The following slide shows a painting done in a monochromatic color scheme.
This non-objective painting has a monochromatic color scheme - blue and the values (tints and shades) of blue.
Complementary
Complementary colors are opposite on the color wheel provided a high contrast - if you want to be noticed wear complementary colors!
Analogous colors are illustrated here: yellow, yellow-green, green and blue-green.
This painting has complementary colors and their values - blues and oranges.
Analogous
The analogous color scheme is 3-5 colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel. This combination of colors provides very little contrast.
Warm
Warm colors are found on the right side of the color wheel. They are colors found in fire and the sun. Warm colors make objects look closer in a painting or drawing.
This is an illustration of the use of warm colors - reds, oranges and yellows.
Cool
Cool colors are found on the left side of the color wheel. They are the colors found in snow and ice and tend to recede in a composition.
Note the cool color scheme in this painting (greens, purples and blues).
This scheme is composed of three colors spaced equally on the color wheel. Orange, green and violet is an example of a secondary color triad.
Triad Color Scheme
The french artist Piet Mondrian painted mostly in primary color triad schemes.
PPiet Mondrian
This is a color combination of one color plus the color on each side of its’ complement. This is easier to work with as there is not much contrast.
Split-Complementary Color Scheme
A double –split complementary color scheme uses the two colors on each side of two complementary colors for a total of four colors.
Double-Split Complementary Scheme
This is an example of a value scale for the tints of blue.
This is an example of a value scale for the shades of blue.
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