I wanted to explore the colours – chosen colour, it’s complementary, black and white – physically as well as electronically, so played around with System 3 acrylics and inks as well as Colourlovers and the Colour Scheme Designer tools. And learnt this… opacity is a key. Working between physical and electronic – transparent mediums are easier. Working with ink is easiest, because they are transparent, and both work in layers. And using the colours out of the pots, without mixing them any more, is a useful way of not getting weighed down in complexity. Working with acrylics (as paint rather than washes) is on a different planet altogether, especially the more opaque colours – chrome based green features heavily here. Makes for an interesting contrast, and probably going off at a tangent, but would be interesting to do more here. Also noticed, below, the green is way off what it’s supposed to be.
The Colour Scheme Designer tool produced a workable palette of greens and purples to play around with.
Playing around in Gimp. Noted that I’m playing around with background colours – and the difficulty of avoiding creep towards brighter colours – emerald and magenta pink, like the soft and muted end of the palette. Came up with a strategy of just using layers of the mid-range green and purple, black and white, and varying the opacity and the stacking of the layers to get the colours I wanted. The most muted colours were the most interesting to explore, and noted harmony between using complementaries. Was this going to make it difficult to get a dynamic looking poster, without being able to zap it up with a nice jarring pink??
ColourLovers palettes on the left and bottom left in the picture above.