1. Choose a still from a movie or TV series with a color palette that interests you. Why that color palette? Does it establish a mood, an atmosphere, a look you would like to explore?
2. Take that still and make a palette (digital or traditional media) that you can use as a reference.
3. Create an artwork using only colors in that palette.
Film & TV show recommendations
- In the Mood for Love
- Last Night in Soho
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Squid Game
- Kirikou and the Sorceress
- The Birds
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- The Color of Pomegranates
We recommend doing about 6 small thumbnail sketches to explore a diverse range of options for your composition. Start your first thumbnail sketches with line and think about how you want to place your subject onto the page.
Adding color to your thumbnail sketches is especially important so you can work out how you will use your color palette!
How To Create Color Palettes
Planning a color scheme for an artwork is an effective way to achieve visual cohesion and intent in your artwork. Color schemes are an effective way of establishing a mood in a painting, as well as creating visual contrast and textures. There are many ways to collect ideas for color schemes and apply them to your creative process. Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch lead this discussion.
Elements of Art: Color
Color is one of the Elements of Art that is essential to a work of art. Here is an overview of the various components of color to be considered: saturation, value, contrast, complementary color pairs, warm & cool colors, and more. This video provide examples of contemporary art and images from art history where texture plays an integral role. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Jordan McCracken-Foster.
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