Join Jim Krause for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with grays and browns, part of Color for Design and Art.
- Let me show you something about…browns and grays using watercolors.…You can make browns and grays…simply by blending complimentary colors.…Complimentary colors come from…opposite sides of the color wheel.…Here, I'm working with the complimentary pair…of blue and orange and that's it.…There are no other paints involved.…If you mix a dose of blue into orange,…you get a nice brown…and mix the two in different proportions…and you can come up with a good-looking, warm gray.…
If you were to start with a puddle of blue…and then add a touch of the orange,…you could mute the blue all the way down to a cool gray.…So that, in a nutshell, is where grays and browns…can come from in the real world…from mixes of complimentary hues…and I show you this because,…even though me mostly work digitally,…I think it's important to understand…why colors behave in certain ways…within art-based programs like Illustrator and Photoshop.…In fact, let's switch to digital mode,…and yes, if you're painting in a program like Photoshop,…you can produce neutral hues…
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