After completing this class I feel that I have learned so much more than what I would expect of color. To start off, the use of hue was vital in all of our projects. Specifically referring to projects that involved color, such as the color wheel project, hue was vital because using the correct hue means achieving what the project entailed: showing the differences of color. Hue was used in all of our projects except for the black/white 10-line composition and the very first project we did, the achromatic scale.
Saturation was most used in projects that involved showing a different view by contrasting with the original hue colors. What I mean by that is, for example, the color wheel project. In order to show the original hues color and try to make it “greyer” by enclosing the circle, we have to know the saturation levels of each hue and use it in correspondence to the project. Saturation was vital not only for the colored projects, but as well as the achromatic projects. Finding the different/specific shades of black and white required knowledge of knowing saturation.
How light or dark of a color is the definition of value. The way we used it in class the most was by the use of the color aid packet. For example, the final project required a lot of knowing the definition of value. In order to make a contrasting pattern in relation to the historic patter, we have to know that the colors are typically lighter, but they also need to “catch” the eye. Meanwhile, making the pattern dull, we know that the dark values need to be in play to make the feeling more soothing and calming.
One project that I learned the most from was the 10-line composition. I found it interesting to make a chromatic pattern and incorporate colors to it. It was challenging for me because all of my color swatches were darker, making it harder to match with the whiter pieces. Looking at the project now, I can see that I didn’t accomplish this. But realizing that I didn’t accomplish this shows that I know a little more about the corresponding between black and white and color. Though it wasn’t my favorite project, it was definitely a learning experience.
My favorite project that we did this quarter was the distance/emphasis project. The reason being that, to me, it was more of an art project than it was a color project. For my pattern, I used birds as my subject, and cutting the pieces out in difference sizes was time consuming and didn’t look good at first. However, as I about to finish my project, I remember looking at it and being amazed at the progress I made. The realization I made from this reminds me of something like an art project: if you look at it up close, you can’t tell what it is. Take a few steps back and you can see the goal. That’s why I liked this project the most. If I had done emphasis, I imagine I would have that same concept in my mind as I would make it.