You Choose the Color Scheme – Week Three
What is a Color Scheme?
A color scheme is an arrangement of colors based upon a relationship of hues on the color wheel used within a piece of artwork. See the example below showing five options of an extended analogous color scheme (five hues adjacent to one another) that includes the hue violet.
Here is an example showing one of the options of having Red-Orange as one of the three hues in a Semi-Triad color scheme. There are five other options for a semi-triad palette using red-orange as one of the hues.
All I’m asking you to do is to pick two numbers between one and twelve. It’s not necessary that you understand the relationship of the color scheme you are choosing for me. The goal of making this interactive with my viewers is to refresh and reinforce the practical use of the color wheel for those of you who have attended one of my color workshops. For those of you who haven’t attended a workshop, I hope that you will be inspired to explore the joy of color and to push the possibilities of the color you already use in your work. If you want to know which color scheme and hue the numbers represent, view the two listings at the end of this post.
Today’s line drawing is Family Treasures No. 68 – Baby Bank and Knick-Knack:
Color Schemes to choose from:
1. Complements … Two hues directly opposite one another on the twelve hue color wheel.
2. Double Complements … Two hues on either side of any hue, plus the complements of both of those two hues.
3. Cross Complements … One pair of complements plus the pair of complements at ninety degrees of each. i.e Yellow, Purple, Red/Orange, Blue/Green.
4. Analogous … Three, four or five colors adjacent to one another on the twelve hue color wheel.
5. Analogous with One Complement … One dominant hue plus the two hues on either side of it and the one hue directly across from it on the twelve hue color wheel.
6. Analogous with Split Complements … One dominant hue plus the two hues on either side, and the direct complements of those adjacent hues. Exclude the direct complement of the dominant hue.
7. Extended Analogous with Three Complements … Five analogous colors with three complements.
8. Triad: Basic … Three hues equidistant from one another on the twelve hue color wheel (three hues between each). i.e. Red, Yellow, Blue ….. or …. Red/Violet, Blue/Green, Yellow/Orange.
9. Triad: Complementary … One pair of complementary colors plus one color equidistant between them on the color wheel. i.e. Yellow, Red/Orange, Blue/Green.
10. Triad: Split Complements … One dominant hue with the two hues adjacent to the hue directly across from the dominant hue on the twelve hue color wheel. Do not include the hue directly across from the dominant hue.
11.Triad: Modified … Three hues with one or two spaces between them, i.e. yellow, orange, green.
12. Semi Triad … Two complements with one color two units to the left or right of one of them.
Colors to choose from:
8. Red /Violet