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Exploring color space, part one of a color mixing tutorial,

Discussion in 'Color the World!' started by Nada, Sep 2, 2019.


  1. Nada

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    here is my latest vid dealing with color mixing. Ever since I fell down the rabbit hole of color theory I thought the overly complicated explanations were more about exploring pseudo intellectualism than actually advancing art for many many folks. Here I’m trying to dumb it down to my level, and make it easier for those who don’t have hundreds of hours to learn, or a chance to take a class

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    Will check it out tonight!
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    Well thank you, but Right off I aint no dru Blair : ) Ive still got lots to learn, but im hoping to help a few get a solid grasp. I still maintain if they can do hands on its a lot more than I could ever put in a video!
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    It’s a great video! The only part I would be careful with is naming Newton as his colour wheel was based on the light spectrum and you’re teaching a pigment based colour wheel - they are different and it adds another level of confusion! Newton definitely laid the foundation for Munsells system which is what you’re teaching here!
    Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong though as I’m just a beginner too
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    indeed Isaac was teaching light!

    And Munsell laid the foundation of 3 dimensional color, however even with the updates It has issues. Plus I couldn't see me sitting with a big book of mixes.

    I'm also a bit of a fan of cmyk, And the work by (I forgot his name) the Creator of "the real color wheel" in the 80's I believe... because that more closely matches the way pigments line up.

    CIE Lab is pretty interesting reading if your really bored. But way technical and a heavy emphasis on digital over pigments I believe

    So ultimately working on just hue and saturation, it probably does seem munsell like, and definitely will utilize his knowledge of how different hues have maximum chroma at different values, and different maximum chroma. But how I would move through the 3rd dimension is far different.

    When I get to the value of course I use white for those low saturation light tones, but I like mixing darks from the closest colors to value.
    For instance I may use bv & burnt umber as a quick path to a dark not completely desaturated color. And I love RV +black as eyelashes.

    And of course application will even make munsells system off the rails when I get into transparent painting. And shifting tones.

    Still would love to check out Drus system, Even though I doubt I would wholly stick with it 100 percent.

    And I watched after and realized twice I referred to hues as colors... I need better proof editing for those mispoken words But I'll be sure and correct it.

    Thanks Paul, for the encouragement and letting me Color Geek for a bit!
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    I love geeking out on this subject as it’s huge! Dru’s system makes allowances for the colour shifts that are unique to airbrushing, I have so much to learn myself, I understand the basics quite well but I know there are many more layers to it.
    Once the penny drops with Value/Hue/chroma it gives your mind a way to think about defining colour, once you can do that, you can break any colour down and start the mixing process with confidence. I still spend a long time on colour mixing (especially as I’m teaching it!)
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    Exactly, once you get that AHA! Moment. You can begin to work your way through it.
    Of course it all seems hard until then. Sort of like understanding opaque , transparent and translucent. Simple really, but it may take us getting our heads out of the way to understand it. I found color the same, I had to stop fighting it, then it started to fall into place.

    For the record tube paints mix much easier and faster .
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    Nice video
    Can't wait for the next one.
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    Thanks! It’s definitely a lot of fun!

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