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Paired Color Identities with Simultaneous Contrast


For this group project, I teamed up with Dez to show contrast in colors that were the same using different background colors and symbols.  My symbol for Dez was a cat because they’re small and adorable but they can be quite ferocious.  I also chose a green background for her as I felt it represented her down to earth side.  We chose burgundy as a central color to represent how caring we are towards others, but have a side of us that we don’t like to show.  Using burgundy to show the halo effect was quite difficult as burgundy is such a dark color, but we found that blue and green worked well; especially green as it’s a complementary color to red.  For the cat, I see a sort of reddish halo, as that is the complementary of green.  For the bear, I see an orange tint as that is the complementary color of blue.

Color Interaction Pairings


For this piece, I had to make a color appear as 2 different colors by changing the color behind it.  This was definitely one of the most interesting projects we’ve done.  I had no idea that I could make one blue look like 2 different shades of blue by changing what was around it.  For some of the squares, I had to change the value of the surrounding color.  I had to alter the hue instead of values for some.  For others, I changed both hue and value.  I found that this made the center squares appear either lighter are darker (lighter if the background was dark and darker if the background was light) even though they were the same colors.  I also saw a “halo” of whatever the complementary color of the background, which was something new.