I have been battling with color for about a year and a half now. (I avoided it the previous 10 years because I knew I wouldn't get it. ;-) Now, I must say that I have painted a color wheel in the last year (actually painted - with acrylics.) Sadly, I didn't learn anything. So, this weekend with the gracious help of Ann Nemcosky I worked on one in colored pencil. Thanks again Ann for the ideas and answering my questions, you've been a big help.
I did not cheat and find the pencil that matched the most, I actually tried to "mix" them with layers of colored pencil.
Here's what I learned:
- A warm red (like Pale Geranium Lake in Polychromos) does not make a violet. It will tend to make a neutral when combined with a blue.
- A cool blue (like Cobalt Green in Polychromos) does not make a violet, again it moves more towards a neutral. (Clearly this point applies to other primaries as well.)
- When making a color wheel, just make swatches and then cut them out and put them together (so you don't mess up on the last square!)
- I think I may now understand the allure of Prismacolor pencils. I have never liked the wax bloom issue and I've always thought that oil-based pencils just felt better going on. Apparently though I'm in the minority because the three local art shops all only carry Prismacolors in open stock. I may be converting, we'll see. Anyway, the colors behaved how one would expect, they really did. They were the simplest to find the right primaries with.
And for you virtual sketchers...don't forget this Friday I will be posting the reference! I can hardly wait.