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VAStudio Test Info Mar 8 2012
Depends on light; no objects has an embedded color; it depends on the
As artists, we use subtractive color: when pigments are added together, we get
black (reality= brown).
Black absorbs all the light, and white reflects all the color.
3 properties of color:
Hue: refers to the name of the color. Ex= Pink is not a color, is just a light
value of red.
Value: its is the lightness or darkness of a color. Add white and/or black to
change the color.
Saturation (brilliance, brightness of a color, or intensity): how vibrant a
color is (the strongest color, brightest). If you want to break the
saturation, you add the color that is on the opposite of the color wheel.
Secondary Colors: Green, Orange, and Violet
Tertiary Colors (mixture of a secondary w/ a primary). Softer hues.
When placing opposite colors close to each other, the colors pop (ex= purple and
yellow)= Contrast of extension: using 50/50 of opposite colors to balance out a
Bright colors always move forward (advance in space).
Color looks more intense if you paint it over white/black paint.
Colors opposite on the color wheel: COMPLEMENTARY PAIR
Eye blends together patches of pure color.
Warm color: red, orange, yellow
Cool Colors: blue, green, violet
Warm colors advance in space and cool colors always recede.
Warm and cool colors are ANALOGOUS: they are beside each other.
(ex= green-blue). The effect is harmonious.
Color reality: blue and yellow are put together (look really good), but the color
wheel says that blue and orange should be together.
LOCAL COLOR: using the color for an object; we think this color is the real one
of the object. Andy Warhol uses this; in reality the color will vary. Sticks more to
PERCEPTUAL COLOR: capturing every tiny variation of the color (optical
color). Sticks more to reality.
EMOTIVE COLOR: how the choices of color can evoke emotions. (ex= using
blue for its emotional qualities= sad, peaceful, etc.)