Color foundations: Muted Color
In Class Exercise-Sketchbook Assignment
Practice mixing muted colors with the three pairs of complementary colors. De-saturate each of the prismatic complementary colors with it’s complement, white and black. Use 1x2 squares for a total of three squares for each color. Clearly label which color you have muted beside your splotches in your sketchbook for reference. You should have a total of 18 squares.
Colors that have lost saturation in mixing, but whose parent colors are still easily identifiable (blue-green or red-orange.) Muted colors live between prismatic colors and chromatic grays in the saturation continuum. They are dull, less saturated colors in comparison to the prismatic colors, but are far more saturated and vibrant in relationship to the chromatic grays. Muted colors are mixed in the same way as the chromatic grays, but retain a higher level of saturation.
Create three different compositions based on nature and a complementary color scheme. The compositions should relate to each other and carry a resemblance to each other. Research and find an image to draw inspiration from. You want to have good value interaction in your design, push your design, but don’t overcrowd it- about 15-20 shapes max.
Create 6-10 sketches. Then choose your best three and paint them on 3x5” Bristol board and neatly mount them to a 9x12” piece of Bristol Board. Keep your edges clean.
The first composition will only use white to mute your complements. The second should only use black to mute colors and the third will only use the complements.