Thursday, 3 December 2009

Visual Language - Colour 3 (OUGD104)

The following was done in the Visual Language session I was in on 17/11/09. We explored different colours relationships with each other using squares of coloured paper and coloured arrows. These were some of the highlights:

Green on blue is not as striking as red on blue due to the high degree of contrast between red and blue and the low degree of contrast between green and blue.

Red on green pops out more as they are complimentary colours and have a huge contrast. The fact that they are highly chromatic makes this very effective.

Yellow on black sinks as the black engulfs the yellow in whereas the black on yellow pops out as the black dominates over the yellow.

When the small yellow square is replaced with a white one, the yellow opposite appears to have a lighter tint as the white draws it in due to the fact that they have not got much contrast between them.

We associate trust with white on green due to the medical implications that it has. The white forces a slight light tint on the green.

Black on green pushes the green to visually appear to have a slight dark tone to it. This makes it less trusting in contrast to the white on green.

The yellow and orange on the black background stand out far more than they do on the white due to the fact that that they are of a higher contrast against black than white.

You are more likely to listen to the red arrow as it stands out more in comparison with the green one on the blue background. The red and blue are fighting more than the blue and green as they are of higher contrast. The blue is pushing the red to its complementary of orange.

It could be said that the black arrow is pointing at the white arrow due to the impact of the black on the green compared to the white on green.

Primary colours red and blue in stripes really bounce around when you look at them. On the white the red is slightly more prominent as it is of a larger contrast with the white than the blue, whereas on the black it is the blue which stands out due to it's larger contrast with the black than the red.

The blue is interpreted very differently depending on what colour it is on. Over the green it appears more green as dominant green forces it more towards the secondary colour wheras over the red it fights with it as they are both primary colours wanting to be with their complementary colours.

The primaries blue and yellow clash and the yellow seems to be tinted by the white background making the blue very prominent.

This session was good in terms of rapidly experimenting with colour combinations. Many many more compositions were tried out and I also photographed them but I was selective in choosing effective ones for the blog.


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