Dec 9, 2015

Color Basics: Properties of color

Today we are going to look at the three properties of color. A color is composed of three parts; hue, value, and saturation. Understanding what these three properties are will help us understand the nature of color which will give us more control and flexibility when creating our art. 

A red appleFor example, when we look at a red apple we are seeing three properties that give us that particular red that we see. We see that it is red but we also see that it is a dark red. We may also see that it is a strong red. We can break apart those distinctions we see into three different components. Those components are the properties of that color. We see the hue of the color is red. We see the value of the color is dark. We also see that the red is very red or is a saturated red.

Let's take a look at those parts a little more closely.

Oct 21, 2015

Color Basics: The Color Wheel

The CMY primary colors, cyan, magenta, and yellow.

In the previous post, we learned about the additive and subtractive color approaches to color. Each one using different principles to blend and create color. Each approach can be applied to different media.  The subtractive approach can be used for painting and print. The additive approach can be used for digital media, such as video.
The RGB primary colors, red, green, and blue.
Today we are going to dig a little deeper into this by looking at three different color wheels.  We will look at the color wheels with red, yellow, and blue (RYB); cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMYK); and red, green, and yellow (RGB) as the primary colors. 

Let's take a look.

Jan 28, 2015

Drawing Basics: Simplified Skeleton and Figure

A silhouette, skeleton, and simplified skeleton of a person.
As part of a structural approach to drawing the figure, the simplified skeleton is a good place to start studying how to draw the human form. This approach helps the artist resolve many of the underlying concerns in drawing the figure before working on the details. Some of the things this helps with would include working on proportions, mass, balance, gesture, and action.

When drawing the simplified figure we are identifying the main structures of the body. By identifying and simplifying the main parts of the body first, we can take our focus away from the surface and the details. This allows us to break up the process of drawing the figure into easier bite-sized steps rather than trying to do it all at once.