Thursday, September 22, 2011

Color II - Monochromatic / IF: Mesmerizing

This assignment was to create a piece of art in any media that was monochromatic, or in other words one color plus black and white. To prepare us for this assignment we made three 10 step value scales. One was purely black and white, one was our favorite intense color value scale, and one was a chromatic grey value scale. Chromatic greys are pure neutral with a tiny touch of color. With all those colors, you actually get a rather dynamic pallet. This monochromatic illustration is meant to be using what I approximated as cadmium red light. The medium is digital, though I had a fellow illustration friend think it was traditional acrylic for a second. What a compliment! I'm rather happy with the finished product, but I already know at least three little details I would change. The drawing was way fun and painting monochromatic is so relaxing. I normally have such a hard time choosing color, but just working in one color all you have to worry about is value and intensity. This class is, and will continue to be a great learning experience for me in mastering the BEAST that is color.

Two birds with one stone, yes? I think he looks pretty mesmerized. :)

I am open to and would appreciate your critiques.


  1. Hello Shara!
    Great job with the monochrome! That's not easy- and I thought it was acrylic the first time I saw it too!
    My critiques would be:
    1. clean up the drawing around the plastic bottle, 2. give him a full head of dark hair- there's a white edge along his face that makes him look a lot older than her and 3. I would make the grass behind her a little darker so she pops a little more and it isn't the same as her handbag.

    sorry for so much crit, but you know me...
    It looks great, Shara- I'm excited to see more.
    Good luck mastering color! :)

  2. Are you kidding?! Critique like this is JUST what I need to move me forward! Thanks for your constructively critical eye and input. They are all great critiques. I got lazy on the water bottle, I wondered about the guy's white hair, and I saw that the grass and the bag were hooking up and I wasn't sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing. Thank you so much for your input! If I can't have you in class, this is the next best thing. I miss having you in class, by the way. And all the other good times. I hope you're doing fantastically well with your work as wife, mama, and illustrator. You're basically my inspiration. :) Love ya Emily!

  3. I agree with Emily's critique, but I really love the image. This seems like a great direction for you. I hope I will see more like it :)


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