For this project, we visited a mosaic in a subway station that depicted the departure and arrival of old and new species of animals. The piece by Ben Snead shows symmetry among the different animals by using chromatic, muted, and prismatic colors, as well as having specific placements on the wall. Ben Snead’s work inspired me to create a piece where a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Similar to Ben Snead’s idea of arrival and departure, the caterpillar arrives to the middle point of its life when it in the cocoon, and departs in its final stages of life as a butterfly. I tried to use chromatic, muted, and prismatic colors as a metaphor to show how the colors transition from desaturated to saturated, much like how the caterpillar transitions from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
These pieces are my chromatic, muted, and prismatic studies. They were done to show how saturation affects a color. The first piece represents muted colors. Muted colors are generally colors that are not too saturated, but not too desaturated. This one was easier than chromatic grays as all I needed to do was add some white to certain colors to saturate them a little bit. The second piece shows chromatic grays, which was the hardest to depict in my opinion. Chromatic grays are heavily desaturated to the point where any color will have this dirty, brownish look. I had to blend several colors to achieve this. The last is prismatic colors, which was by far the easiest. Prismatic colors are colors without any added saturation or the subtraction of saturation. For example, a straight up blue or red would be considered prismatic. This was the easiest as most of the colors came straight from the tube.