My musings. Possibly, background information about my life and some over sharing.
| 09 April, 2014 23:25
Your set of colors
the option for NO light; or the least possible
1. Grab an item from your kitchen
2. Take it to where you plan to draw--the space with the light and the option for none
3. The space must have favorable light for drawing-hopefully you know your space
4. Take all of your colors and throw them on the floor; out of the container they are in; dissarray them on the floor.
5. Turn all of the lights off
6. Allow your eyes to see in the dark....and pick the colors you think will represent the thing you grabbed from the kitchen. You can only choose 8.
7. Arrange them from lightest to dark - in the dark
8. I assume you have a kitchen....if you don't just grab something from somewhere; something you want to draw.
9. Turn the lights back on and get in your drawing position.
10. Don't cheat. I hope you set the 8 colors aside. If not, you HAVE to turn the lights off, allow yourself to be accustomed to the dark-enough to see the gradients. AND pick AGAIN.
11. DO NOT START THIS EXERCISE WITH FULL COLOR KNOWLEDGE/FULL LIGHT....YOUR RESULTS WILL, then, TEACH YOU NOTHING!
12. I am done shouting.
13. Turn your drawing lights on.
14. Begin to draw using those colors you chose in the dark.
15. Try to remember only their respective value that you gave them when choosing them in the dark.
16. Arrange them, if need be, in the way you saw them in the dark...if you can remember. Do your best to recreate.
17. It might serve you to turn the lights off again.
18. Look at the object you chose in the dark. Allow your eyes to adjust. Do not be surprised if it takes a a few minutes, if not 20 minutes, to adjust.
19. Maybe now you can rearrange your colors the way you saw them before --in the dark.
20. Turn the lights back on and decide you are going to draw this thing you chose with those colors.
21. Draw a line with the lightest color from the 8.
22. Use your eyes to trace the object and draw the entire form with the lightest color from the 8.
23. Throw in some background bits too. Trace their form by moving your hand while you move your eyes along the lines of their shape.
24. It is not necessary to add blackground. But do so; if you choose.
25. After you have lined out the form---fill it in.
26. Fill it in with the colors you chose in the dark and arranged in the way that you did from dark to light.
27. Use that information to guide you on how you must use these colors to delineate 3-dimensionality.
28. Remember that if you put the colors in order according to how YOU saw their magnitude of brightness you will be able to color anything!
29. Remember that the darkest color is the same as the pencil marks in the tonal or monochromatice pieces you executed --those pencil marks you repeatedly covered over.
30. The spaces you repeatedly covered over will eventually have all of the colors in order for you to portray darkness with this pallette.