Mary Jane Begin
Mary Jane Begin
1. Class Introduction
Class Introduction01:56 2
Understanding the Basics of Color04:10 3
Color Contrast and Hierarchy15:18 4
Saturation or Vibrancy of Color09:27 5
Ground or Surface Color07:32 6
What is Color Harmony?11:00 7
Color Palette11:11 8
Set-up Chalk & Charcoal Demo03:40
Demo: Sketch Simple Still Life05:48 10
Demo: Establish Value Structure09:06 11
Demo: Find Temperature Balance09:47 12
Demo: Shadow & Highlight Placement17:10 13
Demo: Establish Dimensional Form of Object04:49 14
Set-up Watercolor Demo11:50 15
Demo: Establish Color Ground05:26 16
Demo: Establish Colors for Object05:30 17
Demo: Sketch Object onto Watercolor03:20 18
Demo: Color Subtraction & Value Range04:42 19
Demo: Color Blocking for Composition04:25 20
Demo: Establish the Shadow Tone05:11 21
Demo: Utilization of Opaque Color11:51 22
Desaturate Image in a Picture05:37
Today I wanna talk about color. Color is one of the most fundamental design tools that a creative person can use, but only if they understand the way that it functions in a work of art. There are plenty of color theory books that an artist can consult, but I like to work from experience, and think about it in a more practical way, and how it works and functions with real materials. There's a couple of methods that people use that have taught me that they can be afraid of color, and that's mostly with my students at RISD. There's the Hit-or-Miss method, and that's really where someone tries to get the color down, and they get it right about half the time, and the other half they don't. And they don't know why. So trying to understand why did it work or why it didn't work is really important. Another method is called Consistent Pallette. And that's the person who uses the same set of colors over and over again in different quantities because they, it's like, "This works, so I'll try this...
again." But it's really limiting in terms of voice. And the third type of person is terrified of color and I call that the Color Tinter. That's someone who usually works only in black and white, and they give little tints of color, but they're so afraid of it, they don't understand it, so they don't really use it. My goal is to really provide an introduction that reveals the mystery of color. Simplifying the conversation. And although I'm talking about this through first the Keynote, where I'll show slides with basically the elements of color, show examples, explain sort of definitions, and we take a break, then I'll do demonstrations with paint and with pastel, and charcoal. It's applicable to all areas of illustration, it's applicable to all areas of design, or anybody who makes art because these are foundational issues. So that's what we'll talk about today.
Ratings and Reviews
I really liked the informal demonstrations and I also liked the way she set out her pallet with warm and cold colors. This was not only an informative class but inspiring. The casual and relaxed working style, encourage playfulness. Thank you for an awesome class.
I’ve had foundations in many of the color instruction that was presented here so the information was a very good revisit. I also think it was explained better in this presentation than in the other training I’ve had. I enjoyed listening to the lecture, thankfully they weren’t drawn out until you want to stop listening. The demonstration was best after we moved off the charcoal drawing (although that was interesting to watch) because using the paints really brought home to me the application some of the lessons learned. I wish that part would have been more robust so that all of the elements in the lecture could have been directly called out in the demonstration. The instructor was most effective when not trying to multitask too much. Overall, I recommend this course.
I had previously learned basic color theory, but this instructor took my knowledge beyond with layered instruction about value-contrast-complements-hierarchy, etc., and she does it in such a fun way with her own examples of work and great stories! I like her poise and confidence and think this series is a terrific value.