Color Fundamentals/Pastel, 2.1

This is the second part of a color course I designed and teach at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, Arizona. I sequence lessons that cross reference media, and for the students, can build a solid core understanding of how to work with color. In this lesson, my pastel group is continuing their studies using a primary triad. All lessons show how to practice using color compositionally, as well as mixing and layering to create beautiful and visually understandable 3-dimensional “pictorial spaces”. All “Color Fundamentals” classes at The Drawing Studio follow these sequences, and have been taught to many students over the past 10 + years that I have developed the work. In this exercise, the color wheel below will show the diagram of an equidistant triad. Each corner of the triad points to a color. For the primary triad, the apex will point to yellow. Blue and Red, with all the tints tones and shades, will form the harmony. We are going to include white, as well as a couple of grays, to complete the range. Image Below is the arrangement of the still life. I’m composing with the three primaries, and going to use all of the pastel colors to eventually mix with each other. Image I’ll begin with a contour line drawing, using a neutral (here I’ve used vine charcoal, which blends nicely with pastel, and is erasable). I then progress to blocking in lightest lights, darkest darks, and then make connections with the mid-value range: ImageImageImage Notice how I’m planting the first stages of the cast shadows with the coolest color of the harmony: dark blue. Image Then I add some of the other colors to the shadows, as they are actually reflected onto the table top surface. I’ve blocked in a cool light blue/gray for the background space to set it back, and a warm, light yellow for the reflected table top surfaces. I’ve also drawn a square (before I began the drawing) with my vine charcoal, to create the picture plane – where the composition will reside within. Notice the negative spaces/shapes that make the composition more interesting because of the large scale of the objects. The spaces between the objects is just as important visually, as the objects themselves. Below are some fabulous drawings using other triads, that my students brought in the following week. Well done! IMG_2106 IMG_2107 IMG_2108 IMG_2109 IMG_2110 IMG_2111


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