Proceeding backward through the collection of color studies, today’s piece was the one that started it off. It didn’t come from a magazine, though. Inspiration for this exercise started with a Christmas card.
It was a really pretty one that Tony had bought, but which hasn’t been sent to anyone yet. It featured gold inlays, which I did not try to replicate. The interplay of the greens and the melony/salmony hues were the highlight here.
Never intended to be a finished piece, this sketch was created at a very low resolution, which is why the edges are blurry and the lines are consistently fat.
I played with some playful patterns that weren’t exactly present in the card itself. These palettes seem to work best because they’re fairly simple, but contain a high degree of contrast in intensity, hue, and value (light/dark colors).
What are your observations?