Last week at The ca workshop, in Wellington, Jason Manley had an awesome lecture on colour theory, which really opened my eyes on the subject.
After the lecture, inspired by his talk i really wanted to know how being colourblind affects my illustration work and if there is any way to help overcome it.
I went up and asked him, and to my delight he gave me the first decent advice i have heard anywhere on the subject.
He told me to do landscape painting, lots of landscape painting, and he also gave me a bunch of exercises to do over the summer to try and help me increase my colour sensitivity, using traditional paints.
At first when he told me this on the night, and i went back to my room, and madly scribbled down what i could remember, but i was still unsure on a few things, such as what paints to get and what type of paints. So i went to him again and he kindly wrote out a list of colours and what i should be doing with them.
Note this isn't all Jason's words, they are my interpretation of what he was telling me.
Just as a note, this is over 1000 colours to mix.Jason Manley's Paint Mixing Exercises.
These exercises are made to increase colour sensitivity in someone who is colour-blind, but they according to Jason, will also prove invaluable to a normal artist as well for practice in blending colours and understanding colour theory.
Cad Red Medium
Cad Red Light
Permanent green light
With "every" one of these colours mix them with another colour in a 50/50 ratio, and from there mix 4 degrees from that mixed colour to black, and the same to white. Keep in mind that the 50-50 (as well as 25/75, and 75/25) ratio is not mixed in volumes; instead you are trying to mix the colours to be the 50-50 mix, so you might need more of one colour than the other to reach the 50-50.
It doesn’t really matter what type of paints you use, though some paints are better for mixing than other paints. Gouache and oil paints are good to use.
I'm nowhere near as colorblind as i would imagine a lot of people on this forums could be, but it is most certainly enough to screw with my art.
Just to demonstrate the level of colourblindness i have i put together this image.
I wont have the money nor the time to buy the materials to start these exercises for about 2 weeks but i thought that posting this thread up would also help other artists out there .
I will be updating this thread with my colour studies as soon as i can get the materials and i can start painting. It should be an interesting experiment and i think it is definatley worth trying.
I used to be afraid of saying that I'm colourblind as an artist on the internet, scared that it could affect my chances professionally.
And the truth is it most probably can, but i think that being able to help other people with the same problem is much more important than my professional career.
If you guys have any more tips for colourblind artists, please dont hesitate to share them.