MA Practice One - Colour Palletes

I have been basing my colour pallete on the colours that I collected when I first went out and started photographing texture and structure. When I began editting these images I felt it was important that most of my images were in black and white as I think that this is the best way to express real texture and for the viewer not to be distracted by colour.

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I realised that I have been using similar colours to the colour pallete I used on my BA course, I decided to try to challenge this and use editting techniques such as invert and hue and saturation to find colours that would work together and that I was confident with using.

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Within my images there was a gold tone which was a highlight throughout some of my designs, I decided to use this as a main theme and work off this. I am not exactly happy with the colours I have started using although I think that I need to narrow down the collection so that I can begin to work on colour proportion and the composition of colour within each piece.

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Until now, I have not thought much about the context of my print designs so I think that I need to consider what I would use these pieces for. If I were to use these designs as a scarf collection, I am finding it difficult to narrow down and find a collection I am happy with.

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Through messing around with the colours, I noticed that really, that application of colours within my designs is not something I have ever spent that much time considering. I almost leave it up to chance... since changing the colours I realised that this gives the designs a completely different feeling, style and intent.

I find it really difficult when working with photographic imagery and digital design to limit myself to a set colour pallete, as you would when designing for screen print. I think that I am fascinated by the randomness of digital design and the effects and colours that you can create through photoshop, with digital design there is no reason to limit colour. I find that working digitally I never really have a final outcome in mind, through playing with editing I can create something I didn't even expect which I think is a really exciting concept. I have found that by limiting colours and trying to impliment the right colours in the right proportions and illiminate other colours that I am loosing texture and tone within my designs. I don't think that I will try to limit colours for a final collection but I will try to make them work together.


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