Moving Into the Realm of Color

Do you remember the first time you saw a color television? Do you remember that Walt Disney's "The Wonderful World of Color" was originally created to showcase material for color television? It's hard to imagine now, but the move from black and white to color television was a very big deal back in the late '50s. And in 1939, when Judy Garland first opened the door of her Kansas farmhouse into the Land of Oz, the color was a revelation— to her, to Toto, and to us.

Moving into the realm of color in your drawing is a big deal, too. But never fear—we're here to help, with suggestions for everything from materials to matting.

I paint because color is significant. —Georgia O'Keeffe

This is yet another pearl from O'Keeffe, and so it is. Each day of your life is filled with shapes and colors, the weather, the seasons, the places you go, and the things that you see, so add some of that color to your drawings.

As with most parts of this book, a whole book could be written on color, and fortunately, many have been. Along with your own experimenting, it's probably worthwhile to read and study a few of them.

Before you jump, spend some time reading and looking at colored work that you like. Take a good look at color charts, in books and in art stores. Get familiar with the spectrum of colors: the burst of reds, the range of yellows, the forest of greens, the sea of blues, the wealth of purples.

Colored pencils and water-soluble colored pencils and crayons are a great and painless transition into the world of color. After all, you've already gotten comfortable with a pencil, so adding color is easy! They mix and blend to make any color you can come up with.

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