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Old 04 April 2005   #1
Inspired by colour?

Does a particular colour inspire your imaginative side and make you create more vivid concepts? Sounds like a bit of a weird question doesnt it

I've noticed that a light pale yellow background will shift my brain into gear for some reason! I first noticed this at work, sitting in front of a computer typing away can by quite boring so i picked up a blue biro and started sketching on the yellow post-it-note pad which was sitting on my desk. Before i knew it i had gone through the whole pad!!

Now i find i am more comfortable working on a pale yellow backing and have noticed a significant boost in imagination! - must be the relaxing tone of it compared to the clinical bright white.

Everyday at work i sketch on these little yellow notes while working and go home with a wallet full of sticky little yellow notes - ready to transfer onto photoshop

Anyone else have a particular canvas colour (apart from white) which they feel more comortable with?
 
Old 04 April 2005   #2
I have a thing for yellow too, only a much darker, amber color. The red and oranges and warm quality of that kind of light is something I see a lot of my pictures in. I don't necessarily draw on it, but it would be an interesting thing to try.
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Old 04 April 2005   #3
for some reason I always pick orange and blue in every sketch or painting I do and I dont have any idea why..it just makes me happy to see them together
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Old 04 April 2005   #4
I like yellow too, and i like it more with a blue tone...

Orange/Red and Black is also a combinaison i love.

Pale colors like grey/beige/pale green are the colors are use most for design stuffs...i don't know why but when i think to a project i have always those colors in mind and then come the shape...

That's a kind of favorites but it also depends on what type of image/project i'm working on...
 
Old 04 April 2005   #5
Dark red and terra cotta

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Old 04 April 2005   #6
I always lean toward blues, both in my pictures and in my clothes. If you follow feng shui it's aligned with water and creativity (black, too). White is all about rules and structure, so I can see why it might hamper creativity. Yellows, browns and tans are supposed to help you stay gounded. I'd definitely prefer beige over white when it comes to sketching. BTW, I've read elsewhere that yellow is the hardest color for the human eye to process -- maybe those sticky notes are calling out to you to draw on them.
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Old 05 May 2005   #7
According to research (colour psychology), yellow stimulates our minds. Some say yellow or strong yellows can have a stressful effect on us.

For me, one of my rooms is pale yellow and I think very well in that room and come up with different ideas there.
 
Old 05 May 2005   #8
Well, I get inspired if I pick the right color. I start out with a blank canvas, and then fill it with he main color of the picture, whatever that may be. After that, the inspiration flows right from whatever color I choose and a picture eventually comes out of it. It doesn't matter what color it is, as long as its the color that convays the mood of the picture I want approprietly.
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Old 05 May 2005   #9
I love red on beige canvas, or black on white...I don't have a favorite colour...my closet is full of colours, I'm very moody...
but since I'm an aries red increases my personality...I like wearing wine colour shirts, but blue calm me down... I don't know I get inspired by shapes and emotions, but I think that's because I sketch more than paint(significantly more)...
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Old 05 May 2005   #10
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According to research (colour psychology), yellow stimulates our minds. Some say yellow or strong yellows can have a stressful effect on us.

For me, one of my rooms is pale yellow and I think very well in that room and come up with different ideas there.


Yellows and greens are very easy to look and stare at because their wavelengths have a focal point exactly on the back of the retinal wall of the eye. One of the reasons these colors may be stimulating is because the eye/mind can rest.

The colors red and blue are the most difficult for the eye/mind to stare at because red's wavelength focal point in far behind the retinal wall (thus looking like the colors is advancing) and blues wavelength if far in front of the retinal wall (thus appearing as if way out there).

In any case any colors that are very saturated and or intense will drive a person nuts because they over work the eye/mind.
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Old 05 May 2005   #11
And yes, its been shown that when children's bed-rooms are painted in pastels of cream yellows and warm greens, the occupants do the best in schools. Those colors are the easiest on the eyes and brains.

Interestingly its been shown that when prisons are painted a pastel pink color, that the prisoners are the most calm. When prisons are painted in reds they had the most violence and unrest.

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for some reason I always pick orange and blue in every sketch or painting I do and I dont have any idea why..it just makes me happy to see them together
Orange and blue are opposite colors, not only chromatically but also in visual temperature. Orange is the warmest of the colors and blue is the coolest of colors (in relation to the entire color gamut). I really like orange/blue combinations myself.

Opposite color combinations are always neat. Like red/green... the two colors are almost of the same value, thus looking harmonious but yet opposite. Its unfortunate that anything red & green gets labeled as Christmas Yellow/purple are neat in that yellow has the highest light value of the colors and purple the darkest value.
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Old 05 May 2005   #12
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Orange and blue are opposite colors, not only chromatically but also in visual temperature. Orange is the warmest of the colors and blue is the coolest of colors (in relation to the entire color gamut). I really like orange/blue combinations myself.

Opposite color combinations are always neat. Like red/green... the two colors are almost of the same value, thus looking harmonious but yet opposite. Its unfortunate that anything red & green gets labeled as Christmas Yellow/purple are neat in that yellow has the highest light value of the colors and purple the darkest value.


AKA Complementary colors...you know maybe someone should start a thread about the color wheel..I'm not the best to talk about it I'm sure alot of people here would love to know more about the color wheel and types of colors and all don't you think ?
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Old 05 May 2005   #13
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AKA Complementary colors...you know maybe someone should start a thread about the color wheel..I'm not the best to talk about it I'm sure alot of people here would love to know more about the color wheel and types of colors and all don't you think ?


MysteriousX, why don't you start a thread like that? I haven't checked though that there isn't one like that already.

Colour theory, colour psychology, colour symbolism are all so important when creating art and also very interesting.

Could be very interesting as we CGTalkers come from all over the world, and we use colours differently and have different meanings for different colours.

PS I also used to always use blue and orange in my paintings (oil), prussian blue and a little bit of orange and dark red....
 
Old 05 May 2005   #14
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MysteriousX, why don't you start a thread like that? I haven't checked though that there isn't one like that already.


I dont think there's a thread..but as I said I'm not the best to talk about it..GOT! already here gave a nice little breifing about it perhaps he can do one right GOT ?
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Old 05 May 2005   #15
I could have started, but I'm overloaded with work right now, hardly have time to read any threads and posts at all.

It's such a big chapter, everything from the basic colour wheel to how colour affects us. How it's best used in art (paintings, images), games, film etc.
 
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