How Many Colors Does it Take?
When working on my images this week, I thought it would be nice to share what makes a rich experience when viewing color.
For example when working on a Ruby Throat Hummingbird, there is quite a lot of green. If the bird is mostly green, why dosen’t it appear flat? The answer, it’s probably not green.
I create the areas of the bird by defining which areas will receive brighter highlighted colors and which ones should recede from viewers eyes.
The receding ares are still filled with color. The colors will be layered with browns, greys, darker blues, greens, and undertones of pink taupe.
The brighter areas will have several shades and tones of greens, blues, pinks, and browns.
These sound a bit similar, but when you compare lime green and turquoise for bright areas and dark forest green and indigo blue for the dark, the colors are quite a contrast.
Here’s the work in progress, keep a look out for all the colors that create the vivid green look vs just coloring something you think is green with green.