Episode Three: Finding Your True Color Palette - The Sketchbook Files with Becca Bastian Lee
The Sketchbook Files is now a regular video lesson online. You can watch the full lessons in the True Colors Art Program™.
The Sketchbook Files Prompt #3:
Create thumbnail paintings to help fine-tune a color palette or idea.
Your favorite sketchbook with thick pages
Pen or Pencil(s)
Acrylic/mixed media brushes
Container of clean water
Take a look at your previous work (go back as far as a few years ago if you have the archives!) What color patterns do you notice? What shows up again and again?
If you have an instagram account where you post your artwork, a great resource is @yearofcolour / https://yearofcolour.com/ (don’t forget to use the British spelling!). It will pull color data from all of your previous posts and then give you different types of graphics to view and analyze.
Do you have 5-7 colors that you see over and over again in your work? Those are the colors I want you to use in your palette thumbnails!
We’re going to do two pages/a full page spread today!
On your first page/first half of your spread, sketch out 4 empty squares.
Mix up the colors from Part One (where we researched our Personal True Colors!)
In each square, create a variation on the same color palette (for example, use lighter hues in one square, use more warmth in another, and so on).
When those have dried, it’s time to decide - which of your 4 thumbnail paintings feels the most like you? Which one calls to you?
Got it? Okay! Now it’s time to create your second page/the other half of your spread! Don’t try to match your second painting super precisely to the thumbnail - that’s not what's important. Instead, try and capture the FEELING of the thumbnail in your “full size” painting. Use the same color palette as the thumbnail, but if another color calls to you while painting that’s fine too!
After all… “She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you.”
― Terry Pratchett (Equal Rites)