In this next color study, we look at a pair of complementary colors (yellow-orange/blue-violet) and complete a technical and observational exercise, using colored pencil.
Technical color scale: top and bottom rows are pure color from dark to light saturation:
The middle row is 50/50 %, the rows above and below this are 75/25 respective to the pure color adjacent.
We look at oversized natural gourds, and use all of the values present to render the drawing:
Values describe: the modulating form of the shape, cast shadow and background (cool, and uses contrast to help pop out the form).
My students practice this work:
For homework we’ll repeat the exercise (with a different pair of complements and subject matter), this time on tinted paper that is part of the color harmony…I demonstrate with the subject at hand:
Now a little reminder of the information covered:
Here are some more students working in a subsequent class:
Some homework projects using the same harmony, but with a different palette: