Interpreting color intent

This was an assigned discussion for my second design class, Color Theory.  The goal was to find 5 images with “interesting use of color,” and to interpret how the colors help to convey the message or add emphasis to the work.

My concentration at SCAD is momentarily Sequential Art, but as that field often overlaps other disciplines, I am selecting work that is illustrative in nature and tells a story in still form. I selected triadic schemes as my color focus, as the contrast of three colors creates a beautifully strong image.

ring-around-the-rosie-ernie-barnesIn the Ring Around the Rosie by Ernie Barnes, the colors are green orange and purple. This seems to be a very common color palette, as the  Ehsan Hassani (cat) also features a purple (on the bluer spectrum) and the orange and green hues. The warmth of the orange is complemented by the cooler purple tone. Orange serves as the focal point, while the purple fades into the background in support. Ehsan-Hassani-Moghaddam-580x282The green color (depending on its temperature or amount of yellow included) seems to compete with the orange when it is brighter, but recedes in importance in darker or more blue-inclusive hues. Barnes allows the girl jumping higher in her “ring” to be centered and dominant – – perhaps showing her confidence or enthusiasm. Hassani makes the orange cat dominate his purple room, and features a green pen and drawing to showcase his momentary desire (or character’s focus).Los-cachorros-1

In Los Cachorros y el Codigo de Marco Polo, the pallet is predominantly red and blue, with yellow (and yellow-green) as accent. The room is set in red tones, while three of the characters are blue. The yellow character takes attention in his contrast from the repetition of the other two colors. The illustrator toys with the lighting of the colors to make each prominent or receding.
Carter Goodrich_NewYorker_2000-05-15_100In Carter Goodrich The New Yorker cover art, green, orange and purple are dominant. The illustrator also uses blue and pink, as though they are demonstrative of their combination (purple). Here, the green is used as a background and serves to unify, while the orange and orange-red colors take the focus. The purple-blue color is visible, but not as important in the image. It suggests that the warm red head is happy, is important, is wealthy, while her purple-hued bench-mate is envious and though regal (in success of her job), she is lacking something.
vacuumThe Captive Exile’s painting features green-blue, orange-yellow, and purple in juxtaposition. The orange sands are given prominence by volume and temperature. The violet and greenish blue vacuum are clearly the forgotten tool – shown both in the item’s burial and in it’s cooler toning.


Color Theory and Design {Spring 2016}

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The goal of this course is to understand and use color as part of the artistic process.  How colors are combined, how they are used (saturation, temperature, hue) are critical to the overall appearance of a work. I’m a big fan of color, and like my Mimi, I think I’m pretty good at pairing colors […]

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Waiting too long


I sit on this bench,  looking across at my husband. He’s bound to a fluid IV, pumped up with insulin and morphine. He’s moody – delivering a mixture of frustration, panic and self pity in random sequences. If he sleeps, the monitor beeps; it flashes its red APNEA warning and the oxygen levels countdown to… […]

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The spring quarter is in full swing. I thought I’d had a bad enough time enduring the intense scrutiny of winter session… then I   caught the flu in week one of these classes and quickly discovered that there is no rest for the weary and the critiques in the courses for concentration are hard core […]

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Four down toward forever

On this occasion of our fourth anniversary we’ve much to celebrate despite obstacles and adversity our calendars share several new, significant dates each day marked in memories you can bet our girl’s birth is among the greats have you counted the times you’ve had to “cheese?” photos collected of our daily lives until each child […]

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DRAW 101: Reflections Assignment

Task 1: Reflect on what you have learned in this course (think of your greatest achievements as well as some of the learning challenges you overcame) and set goals for future learning with this fresh course experience in mind (think of what skills related to drawing composition and media you wish to continue to develop […]

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