Thursday, 14 June 2012

Colour studies

These where done with the colour mixing principals of VHC - Value, Hue, Chroma.

First of all you choose the nearest tube (local) colour and then mix it to the right level. After that you adjust the hue and then the chroma/saturation. Mixing this way you don't muddy your colours as much and therefore retain a higher chroma as your mixing to the highest chroma until the last step. To remember this steps I use vhs same as the old video tapes, makes it easier.

Tip: also when adjusting the hue of a colour always mix to the nearest hue i.e. if you want an orange don't mix yellow and red as they are too far from each other on the colour wheel, but mix yellow with cadmium scarlet.

Her are a list of colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel:
Primaries: Cadmium Yellow Light - Phthalo Blue - Alizarine Crimson
Secondary: Phthalo Green - Ultramarine Violet - Cadmium Scarlet
Tertiary: Permanent Green Light - Phthalo Turquoise - Ultramarine Blue - Magneta - Cadmium Red Medium - Cadmium Orange

You can start off with just the primaries and secondary colours then expand later to the Tertiaries.