|1/15/20 Caran d'Ache Pablo (Carmine 80, Royal Blue 130, Olive Yellow 15) in|
Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook
In my last series of primary triadic studies, I worked on the hypothesis that yellow plays well with others: As long as red and blue are in harmony, most yellows will be friendly (though obviously some yellows are better than others). My experiments, however, were hodgepodge, done with a variety of watercolor pencil brands and color choices made intuitively.
In today’s series, I used traditional (dry) colored pencils in one brand only, Caran d’Ache Pablo. My method was more controlled: The red and blue (Carmine 80 and Royal Blue 130) are consistent in each sketch, selected because the strong, cool violet I was able to mix from them appealed to me. Then I chose three yellows as variables almost at random. I was doubtful about the triadic mix for a couple of them, but I went with them anyway to see what the results would be.
The first (above) uses Olive Yellow (15), which has a subtle greenish cast in the swatch, but thankfully it didn’t clash. This was the yellow I was most confident would mix well with Carmine and Royal Blue. The apple’s cast shadow is the most neutral of the three.
|1/17/20 Caran d'Ache Pablo (Carmine 80, Royal Blue 130, Golden Ochre 33)|
My second try (left) included Golden Ochre (33), which I had doubts about because it seemed a bit too cool in the swatch. I also didn’t care for the green that resulted from its mix with Royal Blue. But in the finished apple sketch, it still mixed well with the others and didn’t muddy the apple’s lively purple shaded side.
I was also doubtful about the yellow in the third try (below), Golden Yellow (120), but in the finished sketch, it turned out to be my favorite of the three. I thought it brought out a bit of sparkle where it mixed with the purple on the shaded side. I may have laid it on too strong in the cast shadow compared to the others, so it’s more warm than neutral, but it still works.
Are you bored stiff with my apples? Or are you inspired to try some triads of your own, in whatever medium you use? I hope the latter. . . I find these so much fun to do, and I’m learning so much about color mixing!
|1/18/20 Caran d'Ache Pablo (Carmine 80, Royal Blue 130, Golden Yellow 120)|