Color Bootcamp, Value: Assignment 1

Tonight I’m motivated by Jana Bouc’s work from the color bootcamp with Bill Perkins on New Masters Academy. She did a great job on the assignments and I really liked the idea of a time limit with these studies. It ended up being more challenging than I thought.

The first part of the color bootcamp is all about value. In the first video Bill gives a lecture on the definitions of Major key and Minor key value compositions.

  • Major Key: The proportion of value in a work
    • Low: The larger portion of the work has more dark areas
    • High: The larger portion of the work has more light areas
  • Minor Key: The contrast of value in a work
    • High: The difference between the light and dark areas is significant
    • Low: The difference between the light and dark areas is slight

Here are some examples of famous works with the color removed.

Monet Impression sunrise
Monet Impression sunrise, grayscale

This Monet painting would be categorized as a High major key and Low minor key.

Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, grayscale
Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, grayscale

Caravaggio has a wealth of works that is a great example of Low major key and High minor key.

Van Gogh, Wheat Field With Crows, grayscale
Van Gogh, Wheat Field With Crows, grayscale

Wow, this painting really looses it’s power when the color is removed, but its a good example of the change when color is involved. In grayscale I would categorize it as a High major key and Low minor key. But in color I would categorize the minor key as high.

Van Gogh, Wheat Field With Crows, grayscale
Van Gogh, Wheat Field With Crows

My first attempt at assignment 1 didn’t go as well as I thought, I was rushed through the whole painting but I did as I was told like a good artists and stopped after 30 minutes. Wow this really forced me into working with the simple value range.

Color Bootcamp, Value: Assignment 1, setup
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