Professor Diana Schoenbrun | COMD 3313 | SP22

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Discussion Week 6: Color continued

Choose an illustration which makes strong use of a limited palate. (5 colors or less ) Share it along with a few sentences about why you chose it, who the artist is, and how the artist uses Color Theory in the composition.

  • Deconstruct the illustration:   Who created it and what process and media do you they use or what media do you think they used it is not listed.
  • Share links to more of their work or their personal website.
  • What does Color Techniques does the illustrator use?
  • Why do you consider them effective?

Look for an illustrator who peaks your interest. Look in ads, magazines, Society of Illustrators, comics, etc.

Colors-Kayla W.

The color choices I normally make are usually with warm, bright, or complementary colors. I normally enjoy seeing the colors yellow, orange and red together (warm colors), because they give a sense of a warming emotion and I enjoy calm feelings. With complementary, I usually love how blue and orange look together, or yellow and purple. Overall, I normally love the color yellow, the different hues and tones. Preferably golden yellow is my favorite color. I think I choose these colors because I feel I’m personally a warm person, someone who anyone could come to, to talk about things, vent, or would want some comfort. These colors specifically remind me of summertime, and that is my favorite time of the year, feeling the warm sun on my skin and going to the beach to enjoy it.

Discussion Week 1 : Why Keep a Sketchbook?

excerpt from Frida Khalo’s Sketchbook

One of the most intimate and revealing aspects of an artist’s practice is their sketchbook—a visual diary of daily thoughts, imaginings, and renderings. Frida Khalo, for example, filled her sketchbook with watercolor illustrations, many of which were reworked and incorporated into her work, along with passionate love letters to Diego Rivera, thoughts on pre-Columbian Mexican culture and communism, and references to her failing health due to a life-threatening accident she had at the age of 18.  

Loney Abrams, from 5 Steps to Starting a Sketchbook Habit

Your sketchbook is quite possibly the most powerful tool you have in your illustration arsenal! Use it to reflect on your day, practice your skills, and fill it with your unique visual thoughts!

For this week’s discussion, read Loney Abrams’ 5 STEPS TO STARTING A SKETCHBOOK HABIT on, then consider the following:

  • What are the writer’s suggestions about keeping a sketchbook?
  • Have you ever kept a regular sketchbook?
  • Are there things that have stopped you in the past from doing so?
  • What do you hope to gain by keeping yours this semester?

In the article the writer shares the following quote:

“Drawing has a lot in common with meditating and a still life can be like the candle you use to focus your attention. It takes commitment, sustained focus, and a desire to quiet your mind and deal with the present. Don’t confuse the objects in the drawing for the subject of the drawing. Whether you draw the content of your fridge, the interior of a coffee shop, or junk found at a garage sale, the subject of your drawing is your experience of that location and moment in time.”

Steven Reddy, IllustraTor
  • What do you think this means?

Share your thoughts here. Be sure to read and respond to your classmates’ observations! Be sure to READ the ONLINE DISCUSSION post before you begin!

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