Join Jim Krause for an in-depth discussion in this video Painting for fun, part of Color for Design and Art.
- I'm going to leave you with one more paint related project idea. This project involves painting a portrait of your favorite coffee mug or your favorite tea cup, and you're going to use the five colors of paint that we've talked about in this course. Primary Cyan, Primary Magenta, Primary Yellow, and Black and White, and any other painting supplies that you need. Why this project? Well, for starters is because most everyone has a favorite coffee mug, or a favorite tea cup, right? More importantly, this is a project that will bring together all the color theory and color ideas that we've been talking about throughout this course.
By the way, this project, it should be fun too, and if at any point it starts feeling like something other than fun, you're probably not following my instructions closely enough so let me show you how this thing works. First, set up a space to paint. Then, choose your coffee mug or your tea cup, put it in place, and sketch it out. Be sure to use and accept whatever drawing skills you have, I mean, if photo realism is out of reach for you then go semi-abstract, or your version of impressionistic that's totally fine.
Next, paint the whole thing with grays. Mix up maybe six values of gray and work on shading your drawing with flat panels of these grays until you're happy with the values in your composition. Feel free to liven things up artistically too, I mean, paint in some imaginary patterns, dots or textures to add visual interest. Work on your gray scale painting until its value structure looks clear, strong, and nicely thought out. Once you get there, let the paint dry.
From here on out, the only so called rule is to replace your grays with colors of the same value. I mean, you've already done the hard part here, you've worked out a good, strong value structure for your painting now, simply replace your grays with colors of the same value, use whatever colors you want. Be sure to explore different levels of saturation for your colors, and use the CMY Color Wheel that comes with this video to help you figure out how certain colors are mixed. There is literally no end to the different colors that can be blended using the primaries of cyan, magenta, and yellow, along with black and white.
Also, let the color wheel let you find a color's complement like if you wanted a complement to a color to either mute it, or to create a brown or a gray, I should mention too, that artists who mostly work digitally like most of us, will quickly be reminded that there is no undo command with real world media like this, just know that every mistake you make every time you waste paint or you have to redo something or if you just plain blow it, you've just learned something about paints and painting.
Every time, maybe it's something you never want to repeat or just as likely or more likely, you just learned something that could come in handy another time, so go easy on yourself. We've just learned a whole bunch about values and colors here, and the ways of paint, and by the way, I did that whole project on a Sunday morning, I had music playing, I had a couple cups of coffee, there were no clients, no deadline, no expectations, other than to learn something about paints and color and to have a good time, and I hope that you will approach this in a similar way, because I think we learn the most when we allow ourselves to enjoy the art that we do.
Primarily aimed at designers and illustrators, the course leans heavily toward digital tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but concludes with some challenges using real-world media (inks and paints!), so members can get a solid understanding of mixing colors and what tools and combinations work best.
- Navigating the color wheel and color vocabulary
- Why a color's value is so important
- RGB vs. CMYK vs. spot
- Finding the perfect color
- Working with grays and browns
- Building a color palette
- Borrowing hues for palettes
- Establishing color hierarchies
- Fixing color problems
- Altering color in photos and illustrations
- Using texture with color
- Painting for learning and fun