Friday, May 20, 2016

Complementary colours and other schema

In the past few days a blog post about A modern approach to complementaries by Delphine Doreau which by I highlighted on Facebook has attracted a huge audience and very many shares.

Delphine made an RGB colour gradient in a circle and then inverted the same colour gradient at 180 degrees inside the circle - so that each colour matched up with its complementary in terms of RGB colours.

Huge interest in this blog post

So for those of you who don't follow Making A Mark on Facebook, you can find the link to the article at the top of this post.

More schema for representing Colour

My own collection and compilation of information about Colour is "in transition" to a new website at the moment.

However below are a few more links about colour from my 2008 major Colour Project which might be of interest to artists.

Making A Mark - the Colour Project (2008)

a colour chart of complementary colours in coloured pencils
  • Hues - a systems perspective Jul 8, 2008 ... Hues: primary, secondary and tertiary colours; How to represent colour ... Colour harmonics - complementary colours, analogous colours etc.
  • Describing a colour space - there's more than one colour wheel! (10 July 2008) About a Matrix of Theories about Colour Space - which is the method I've adopted to categorise some of the people who have tried describe colour in terms of spatial relationships - to describe a colour space.
  • A Matrix of Colour Space Theories (pdf file) (2008) Table of colour theories organised by approach to colour theory - additive, subtractive and partitive
  • Complementary Colours and mixing neutral colours (15 July 2008) How to identify complementary colours in the context of different shapes which explain colour theory
  • Analogous Colours (Jul 16, 2008) This post is an attempt to redress the balance on the paucity of online information about analogous colours - but it also recommends other sources of even better advice and information!
  • Colour Schemes: Split Complementaries, Triads and Tetrads (18 July 2008) Discusses and explains three colour schemes used by professional artists:
    • Split Complementary - a colour plus the two colours either side of its complementary colour 
    • Triad - any three colours which are equidistant on the colour wheel
    • Tetrad - any four colours which are equidistant on the colour wheel

  • Why your colours onscreen don't look the same when printed (10 March 2011) Have you ever wondered why your images onscreen don't come out looking the same when printed? This post discusses: how the CMYK model works; why RGB files don't look like CMYK files and how to convert an RGB file to a CMYK file for printing purposes

and finally

For those who like their colour information in book format....

1 comment:

Molly Vollmer said...

Wow! And just when I had it all memorized. Actually, I've been having trouble with shadows on shrubbery so I'll try a little purple.

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