Colour Course 2

Muted colour - high range of values and hues

I’m continuing with my colour course. Last time it was chromatic greys – i.e. grey with a touch of colour. This time it is muted colours. i.e. prismatic colours (colours as clean and as bright as they can be) with either the addition of some white, grey, black or the complementary colour.

It’s teaching me about mixing colours more than anything else. Yellow is interesting. Added white keeps it yellow but reduces saturation (I’m in oils here). Adding greyor black produces a muted green. The yellow is gone. And mixing a wide variety of muted hues and keeping them close in value is really tricky. In theory the image on the right should be an even grey if rendered in monochrome, but as can be seen below, this was not altogehter successful – but not bad either.

Muted colour wide range of hues - small range of values

The strip along the left and top, by the way, is my way of trying to get the colour balance on my blog true to the original. By putting a known grey into the shot, it’s easy in Photoshop to “white balance” to that grey, and then you know all the other colours are OK. You can buy cards guaranteed to be grey, but I have chosen a neutral grey from a paint manufacturer’s swatch (“Crown” as it happens) and this seems to work fine.
Tomorrow I will try and put this exercise into practice with a still life.

Low value range exercise rendered in black and white


~ by noelgarner on January 24, 2010.

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