A monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints.
Clothing visually communicates. Its function is to address physical, social and psychological needs.
Physically, clothing can provide protection.
Clothing communicates roles. A uniform signifies a profession or adherence to a group’s identity.
Clothing is a social code. It can challenge or affirm, gender roles and beauty ideals.
Across time and culture, status and rank can be communicated by what is worn.
What judgments are made based on dress? What do we infer about a person based on what we see? What choices are in our closets?
Clothing and Character: Monochromatic Scheme
Assignment: Due 12:00 pm, Tuesday (4/28)
Create a character and curate their outfit. Choose ten (10) different articles of clothing or accessories that reflect their personality. Use a monochromatic color scheme. Stay within one main hue family, your articles will vary in color temperature, tint, tone, shade, saturation and value.
The series of questions you will answer are in our google shared folder titled “Character Development.” Copy and paste these questions into a new document. Upload this document to your shared folder it is apart of your assignment.
2. Begin to dress your character
After developing your character, thoughtfully curate an outfit that reflects their persona. What clothing articles and accessories visually communicate the "essence" of person you developed. You are the director, dress the actor to transform them into the character they are playing.
3. Go shopping
Take screen shots of the ten articles you choose. Use shopping portals, google image search...etc.to collect our imagery. Trouble finding ten? Think beyond pants and shirts…what type of car do they drive? what watch do they wear? their phone case? swimsuit? etc.
4. Upload your ten articles and character development doc to your shared google folder.
Analogous colors are any three to four colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. Analogous colors, when used together, create a sense of harmony.
Transition is the process of changing from one state to another. A Time lapse video is a recording of changes that occur in single frames over time.
Project: Using an analogous color scheme you will create a composition that demonstrates transition.
Part 1: Due Tuesday, 4/14 by 12 pm
Research, Watch Time Lapse Videos
Watch a series of time lapse videos with a variety of subjects. Choose five (5) time lapse videos to study. Create at least four (4) thumb nail sketches per video. The thumbnail is a series of visual notes that track a change in form. These are not full rendering drawing. Simplify the form of the subject. Observe shifts in shape, scale and value. Avoid details.
Upload your thumbnails and video links to your shared folder. List your links in a google doc. Photograph each series of thumbnails. One photo per video, five thumbnails per video. Do not take individual pictures of each thumbnail.
Part 2: Analogous Color Transition Composition
Due Tuesday, 4/14 by 12 pm.
Use origami paper create an analogous color composition that demonstrates transition. Consider the time lapse videos. Use your thumbnails as reference. How can you indicate progression with shifts in color shape, scale, placement and/or form. You are free to alter the origami paper however you see fit. There are no required dimensions; a transition and an analogous color scheme are your only rules.
Interested in moving beyond the two dimensional plane?
Check out the Josef Albers "Build 3D Paper Sculptures" for ideas.
There are two parts to this week’s assignment:
1. Use color properties to accurately mix paint to match a specific color.
2. Analyze the color choices designers make when producing visual content.
Before pulling out paint, first movies and food.
Visit these home pages: McDonald’s vs. Wholefoods.
Both in the food industry, each brand is selling a specific experience to a specific audience. How are they using color to communicate, to influence?
Take a look at scenes from the movies “The Matrix” and “Her”....hmmmm, Green vs. Red. Why green, why red?
Both movies address humanity’s relationship with technology. Each movie tailors color to fit the content appropriately. Is the color subtle? or consistently obvious? How does color set a scene, create a mood, support the theme? When and how is it being used?
Remember that red ballon from “The Sixth Sense”?
What happens when red appears in a scene ? Did red just become an tool? An anticipatory visual clue that builds suspense?
Assignment: Watch Netflixs.
The article “How Color Helps a Movie Tell Its Story” is your starting point. As a guide, it will help you to begin evaluate color and film.
Come to our critique with an example of how color is functioning successfully in a movie/series of your choice. Conversely, consider movies that could have used color more successfully…..as the director, what would have you done differently?
Upload a screenshot of your movie scene to your shared folder. Include a short written response outlining your thoughts.
PS: Wes Anderson films use color and composition like the candy eyed G of all Gs. Feast your eyes on this:
Now time for paint...how do we mix color to match?
Refer to the Youtube demo to continue with "Part 2" of this assignment. It will be posted on Saturday 3/28. Subscribe and turn on your youtube notifications for the alert.
This is a project I run when we are working in the studio together and our gouache paint can be supplemented if needed. You can proceed with this project by using your origami paper or your gouache paint. It is your choice. Watch the video before you decide, I will demo both.
Part 2 Assignment: Mix to Match.
Choose a 2D reference that has at least four colors. These are the colors you will be mixing your paint to match...or duplicating with your origami paper.
Your reference is your choice.
The reference can be a print ad, a print out of the movie you choose from part 1, product packaging…..etc. Avoid choosing a "family" photograph. We are looking for mass produced print material.
Your reference has to be physical.
Avoid a reference that is screen based. You can use an image from a screen, if printed out on paper. Your reference and your colors will be photographed side by side. Photograph your work on a white background. See the youtube vid for layout and an example.
You must reproduce at least four (4) dominant colors per source.
Want to challenge yourself? Evaluate more than four colors. Dimensions of your paint chips are 1.25” x 1”.
Heads up, you will be making a couple "tools" to complete this assignment, instructions will be in the demo.
The obvious move is to have a link to your demo here. I cannot create a custom link to the video without 30 subscribers. Subscribe, turn on your notifications. Link up.
Youtube Channel info:
Suggested Due Dates:
Part 1 (Watch Netflix): Tuesday, March 31st. PLEASE UPLOAD by 12:00 pm. That way I can read your responses ahead of time. Be ready to talk about your "3" interests. We will brainstorm as a group.
Part 2 (Color Mix to Match): Friday, April 3rd upload by 12:00 pm
Can’t make the due date? No worries, email me.
Questions, post in comments.
Curious links to scroll:
"From Farty Red to Le Cute White, an Algorithm Generates Absurd Color Names"
"Tired of Netflix? Stream Experimental Films and Video Art"
Build 3D Paper Structures: Exercises designed by Josef Albers
How to Photograph Your Art
Still having trouble photographing your work? Revisit the tutorial below. If you have a specific problem not covered in this video, post in our blog comments. I will give you some tips.
Assignment: Hue Hunt
Accurate color mixing relies on your ability to evaluate a color’s properties. In order to mix paint to match a color, we must be able to evaluate the hue, saturation, value and temperature of a color.
With this “color hunt” project you demonstrate your ability to correctly evaluate color properties while testing the logistics of our remote learning plan.
Look around your house for find two items that share the same hue family. Taking a picture of the two items side by side, you will indicate color temperature, value and saturation with labels. You will upload one photo per hue family (red, yellow, blue, violet, green, orange) for a total of 6 photos. For further explanation, Find the project demo through the youtube link found in Monday night's email.
The project is due by 12:00 pm on Friday, March 27th. When you upload your photos to your shared folder, please create a subfolder labeled “Hue Hunt.”