Just by looking at any part of his surrounding one cannot help but wonder about the meaning of the natural palette before his eyes. Was it not designed for the pure pleasure of one’s soul? Color is a complex part of everyday life and an even more complex part of the artistic experience. It is through color that we convey our deepest, most human, connections through every shade. But are we using color to make things more realistic or is there another hidden intention?
The sad thing is that DuDe and color are not good friends. In his quest for artistic discovery he found the essence of things more important than anything else. Realism was forever lost in the thin black path of a pen. Fortunately for you, DuDess kept developing this way of portraying things in their natural state of appearance. Using her wild observation skills she strives to find hidden reflections and compositions that give objects a special feeling of immersion. There is nothing that color can’t solve when it is handpicked from DuDess’s rainbow of reality.
Unlike the black and white method of drawing where an important part of realism is lost, color has everything covered. Using this magical property it brings to the canvas the appearance of things rather than what they truly are. How something seems to the artist is, arguably, his reality. Importance of color in any work of art is much greater than the simple quest for realism. It is a gateway through the eye of the artist.
Although color is an important tool for mimicking reality, it is often used in a way that gives unrealistic shades or hues to the subject in question in order to show something more than just how it really looks. It was the evolution of our natural survival techniques that gave us color vision and thought us not to eat red mushrooms or touch red fire. These memories and experiences are intertwined with our understanding of color and give each one unique meaning and emotional response. It is in this field of creation that an artist can fully utilize his prowess to evoke a consumers hidden fear, love, wish….
Even though color is an important part of creating realistic art, we often use it to contradict reality and make personal moments stand out. It is in its complexity that color finds a way of overcoming any obstacle an artist may encounter on the white canvas. Just remember to always create your reality and the red color will not burn you.
This week DuDess and DuDe had the pleasure of trying out some new color pencils. You can see the results bellow and a video on the Vimeo page. These were some great tools for warping reality. The full color output with vivid shades and a heavy quality feel make DuDe want to give them 5 stars, although he has no grading system. They were good for light and hard work with a beautiful sharpener residue. Creative powers activate!