Color is one of the most powerful aspects of making art. Almost everyone who loves to create can remember the childhood excitement generated by a brand new box of crayons!
Everyone has a favorite color, artists and non-artists alike. Our relationship to color is one of the most powerful relationships we have as a species. It is intrinsically connected to how we relate to our world. And so of course it is one of the most powerful aspects to consider when making art.
Much of our relationship to color is based on instinct. For example, we see colors as warm or cool based on our physical response to them.
Warm things are warm colors (such as fire, the sun, hot coals, and in this case hot food.)
and cool things are cool colors (such as water and ice, which as blue or bluish).
Interestingly warm and cool colors also create a sense of perspective and depth when we look at an image. Warm colors tend to advance towards us, whereas cool colors tend to recede away from us.
In these two images note how early 20th-century illustrator Edmund DuLac uses this trick. In the first image of The Princess and the Pea he creates a sense of incredible height, as the cold blue-purple recedes from the viewer, effectively raising the height of the bed canopy. And in the second one, A Palace of Wonder, a sense of depth is created between the warmth of the interior space and the cold dark outside.
COLOR AND CULTURE
However, a great deal of our reactions to color are not innate, they are in fact cultural. For example Black and Death are associated in many Western cultures, in many Eastern cultures it is associated with white—its direct opposite.
Take a look at this info-graphic. Note how many color associations change, depending on where you are in the world. However also note how HOT and COLD or Color’s Relationship to Temperature do not.
Throughout this module and the next we will look at these basic reactions we all have to color and learn to compose in color effectively. We will build on what we have learned regarding composition, concept, point of view, and value and we will see how we can use these reactions to color to aid us in our ultimate goal, telling a great story through narrative illustration.
However, before we can do that lets be sure we have down the basics.
NEXT STOP: The Color Wheel
Whenever I work on editorial projects I distill the brief, or article into one or two simple sentences because it helps to focus my imagery towards communicating the essence of the story. I learned this from my teacher in art college @pauldallas_art … Nowadays I sometimes I go even further and distill the story into only a few words. I learned this method of working while teaching alongside my friend @chrisbuzelli who taught me to locate the action within the story and then visually describe it. Doing so will aim to help create pictures that have a strong idea and immediate read without being too obvious, or cliché… I’ve incorporated this way of working into my illustration practice and now I feel like I have a new super power
As requested here is the lecture on Editorial Illustration & Visual Metaphor. Remember…as you work on your Thumbnails: Concept is KEY and try out the visual metaphor techniques we discussed in class: Juxtaposition, Fusion, and Replacement.
There is no hard and fast rule on HOW to digitally color. Digital coloring in infinite and there as many different methods to work as there are artists out there. I wish you the best of luck in finding the method that works for you.
Here are a few tutorials just to get you started. If you find some good tutorials, please share them in the class resources!
Coloring Line Art in Photoshop…
Simple animated painted style in Adobe PS:
Heres one for Procreate:
Here are the official Inktober prompts from Mr. Jake Parker himself. There are always a ton more of these floating around, so feel free to search and find one that better suits you, or don’t use prompts at all! Stock up on pens from ArtSnacks and JetPens or your friendly neighborhood (cooperatively owned and run) art shop, Artist & Craftsman. Remember this is another opportunity for Extra Credit in this course!
Class- Here is a chance to get some professional exposure for your work and earn some money from it! And you thought this was JUST an assignment!
Watch this video about the competition from a previous winner.
We are looking for the best new and emerging artists around the globe to be part of our FALL 2018 CALL FOR ART. This year marks an important milestone for Collective Arts. Our beer can be found coast-to-coast in Canada, and in the USA we are available in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Collective Arts will be launching in Chicago and Nashville this fall and our beers can be found in Australia! We want to show the world YOUR work as we continue to grow.
Since we are in New York City artists have many options to improve their life drawing skills by drawing from a model outside of this class. The only way to improve your drawing is to practice! Practicing our craft is VITAL! Take advantage of the resources in our city!
The New York Society of Illustrators is an incredible resource for up and coming commercial artists. The sketch night is a great way to get to know this institution. Its lively with great models, live music, pro illustrators, and often comes with FOOD! This one is wonderful and is the cheapest option I’ve found for students!
Shoestring Studio is a membership-based art studio serving painters, draftsmen, illustrators, and other artists in need of workspace, community, and shared resources. Their primary mission is to provide affordable, accessible workspace for artists in Crown Heights and the greater Brooklyn area. They host figure drawing sessions several days per week at a very affordable rate. You do not need to be a member to attend. Be sure to ask about student discounts!