Ok, so reading through the first part of this project, I have the following observations and questions. Firstly the author talks about painters separating the elements of their work into modelling, composition, linear design and colour and that working with line shape and volume is different in principle from handling colour. When I think about this in simple terms, most, or at least many, artist start with a pencil drawing of what they plan to paint so that they are actually creating the shape, form, composition and proportions before they apply paint to canvas or paper.
The second thing is that there is a checklist contrasting creative concerns between black and white and colour, in the text. I have some issues in understanding this but it may be the key to my questions about blown highlights and blocked shadows in the last post:
- B&W – contrast
- Colour – colour effect of exposure
my main concern in the past exercise was that when I had greatly increased contrast, some of the highlights were blown and shadows blocked – is this saying that this is accepted or even expected?
- B&W – key
- Colour – colour style
haven’t really mastered this yet, my first image in the last exercise was vignetted to white in the corners, is this high key? or is this still part of the same issue as above?
- B&W – geometry
- Colour – colour relationships
Fine with this, shapes, lines etc. are what is considered here
- B&W – volume
- Colour – colour intensity
ok, so what exactly is meant by volume? dictionary says:
- amount or quantity
- fullness or expansive thickness
- quality or power
More reading and research needed here before I can move on.