Saturday, January 20, 2018

TWO-VALUE STUDIES CAN HELP WITH COLOR PLANNING

Untitled design,  Lori LaBerge  2018

This week included work on design and color planning. This has led to plans to create a grouping of black and white works from 2-value studies.

Here is how thoughts developed for two designs using sketchbook and Photoshop:


A design was drawn from a previous sketch. A half circle was added to the left hand side which can be seen in the photo at the top of the post. This balances out the work and detracts a bit from the large section of white. If you put your finger over the half circle you can see how the eye first focuses on the yellow rectangle and is then pulled to the left by the white. If you view the work with the yellow half circle, you can see how it brings the eye down from the white, so the eye is not stranded at the top of the work.


As color planning was developed, I began by separating the design into 2 values so I could clearly separate the light areas from the dark areas. It helps to think about shapes when working with these studies.


I decided on a calm, relaxing feel to the work. The light areas consist of white and sage green while the darker areas were filled with turquoise, navy and yellow. The darker colors were broken down into light dark, medium dark and dark. A black line was added to the rectangle to emphasize the focal point.

Untitled design,  Lori LaBerge  2018


Here a light center is surrounded by dark sides. It can be seen how the design also changed a bit  with the black rectangle enlarged, the right side being extended all the way to the top and a horizontal rectangle added on the right.


The eye is clearly drawn to the lighter center of the work with the bright pink rectangle the focus.

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