The blog of David Michael Wright - Freelance Illustrator

Hello, and welcome to my humble blog!

If you too like the drag of Graphite on Paper, can appreciate the flick of a well executed Brushstroke, and like I favour subjects of the Dark and the Monstrous, the Weird and the Wonderful, the Abominable, Diabolical, Fantastic, Dramatic, Adventurous, Ghastly, Nightmarish and Phantasmagorical!

…Or like myself, seek to devour all sources of the Technical, Practical, Methodical and Inspirational!

Then perhaps this blog is for you.

It is (I hope) to become a progressive ongoing account of my endeavours as a Freelance Illustrator specialising in mainly the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror art genres. As is always the case (except perhaps on Sundays) I will do my very best and veritably strain heart and nerve and sinew to write a faithful accounting of all my latest Discoveries, Resources, Technical Explorations and Inspirations, in addition of course to featuring regular posts of my current Creative Exploits and Works in Progress.


Friday, 24 September 2010

Colour Psychology

I've been thinking a lot about my colour selections lately, in particular about what colours could be chosen to complement and enhance elements in a painting where a certain pictorial narrative or overall 'mood' is the aim.

To this end I've been trying to formulate a loose personal guide/system to base my own colour judgements around. As a means to finding a possible solution I decided to research Colour Psychology on the net. Certain colours are said to have certain common associations (Blue = melancholy, Green = Nature, envy etc etc). Although these associations are entirely subjective and often substantially vary according to nationality, there do seem to be some pretty consistently reccuring notions, which I think should definitely be capitalised on by the artist (as they offer a common reasonably accepted basis for making contextual colour = mood/emotion/theme judgements).

Here are a few Colour Psychology tables I found scattered about the internet which demonstrate various colour associations...

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