Analyzing colour

Posted by Agnes Iley , Monday, July 23, 2012 7:57 AM

I do enjoy these colour analyzing exercises. It’s something that would never have sprung to mind if I hadn’t done this course. And doesn’t only makes you think about the colours and the proportion of the colours in a picture. But it also forces you to look more in-depth into the image you are working with. I like that it gives me a little more time to reflect then I would usually take. In this case I worked with an image of Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait. Despite getting every bit of yarn and thread out that was lurking in my stash for the next exercise. I decided to go with embroidery threads. Firstly I’ve got those in more colours and tones and secondly I wanted to concentrate on proportion which, I figured, would be easier if I worked with consistent materials.


The question how to determine proportion did pop up, of course the proportion of colour is very different when you look from side to side then from when you look top to bottom. So I decided to go by “the feel” off the picture. ( I realize this is very subjective.)

I did learn one major lesson…

I worked on the image from my computer screen. Our printer had given up the ghost and we were waiting for the replacement printer. Colours on a screen are different then printed colours! So in my sketchbook the colours look just a little off, while they matched perfectly when I was working on it. Very annoying, but I decided not to manipulate the picture and take it as lesson learned!

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