Part 3 Exercise Understanding Colour [Level 1 Unit 1]

Johaness Itten, an artist, designer and educator, who studied how colours work, explored the dynamic relationship between the colours. Through his study, he has provided te designers an important lesson :

When picking a colour palette to work with, use bright colours but balance them against more subtle colours.

It is asked to draw the grids of favourite colours and non-favourite colours and to compare which looks better by placing them side by side.

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By comparing my favourite and non-favourite or less favourite colours, I can say, it is actually relative to every person’s choice. It can differ from person to person.

Some of my favourite colours are bit pale, kind of tint and shades rather than pure, bright, vibrant hues of colours. I also like two stark contrasting colours, that is black and white.

Some of my non-favourite colours are bright, vibrant and pure hues, for example red and yellow. Other colours are shades [colours derived by mixing black/grey in pure hues] and are bit dull in appearance.

If matched and paired as well as combined together my favourite and non-favourite colours properly, they can make graphics, illustrations or paintings appear interesting and visually appealing.

It is also asked to experimenting by placing colours together as Johaness Itten did by trying two colours each to illustrate following ideas :

  1. Angry
  2. Brave
  3. Creative
  4. Dangerous
  5. Energetic
  6. Familiar
  7. Gregarious [fond of company / sociable]
  8. Hopeful
  9. Independent
  10. Jumpy [contemplative, anxious and uneasy]
  11. Kinetic
  12. Luxurious
  13. Masculine
  14. New
  15. Open
  16. Precious
  17. Quiet
  18. Reasonable
  19. Sociable
  20. Tasteful
  21. Unhappy
  22. Vital
  23. Wonderful
  24. Extra Special
  25. Youthful
  26. Zany [amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic (peculiar)]

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