Colorful Intent: using color schemes

When drawing a rose that’s already red, you don’t have to think too much about how to employ complementary colors.  When I looked at a picture of a white rose that I took, I thought that it might be a boring choice for a drawing project.  I continued to feel that way, even as I was drawing it.  While I was working on the first petal, I kept thinking, “Purple?  Violet?  Would that look nice?”  Then, I checked a picture of color schemes that I downloaded and learned what kinds of color schemes incorporate purple.  I thought about it for a little while and decided what I wanted to do.  When using a medium that has color (i.e. colored pencils, pastels, paint, etc.), it’s a really good idea to consider color schemes before even starting a drawing project, even if your art is largely or entirely representational.  It’s also a lot of fun to experiment with different color schemes.  I recommend it:-)

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