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Colour Mixing

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Patrick Kirk, May 21, 2004.

  1. Patrick Kirk New Member

    Gotta agree...Bob Knee told me about this book and he swears by it...
    Excellent reference for taking the next step in our art...
    All the best

  2. slaj Well-Known Member

    Geoff , is there a link maybe I can order it online.

    Stephen Mallia
  3. socko47 Active Member

  4. amherbert Member


    One of the courses I teach is on color perception. I can look around my course materials, and there's probably a pdf I can post that would be of some use for color mixing.

    One invaluable item to help with color mixing is to have a color wheel. You may already know that, but just in case...

  5. amherbert Member

    Hi Geoff

    I'm curious about this 'different' color wheel. Do they use a series of color wheels? Or do they add something to account for saturation and brightness as well as hue?

    It sounds like the main point is to know the pigments making up your paint, so you don't use something from the wrong part of the color spectrum. It's rather radical to say the traditional color wheel is of dubious value given the fact it's useful for so many purposes...

  6. amherbert Member

    Thanks Geoff

    So it's a color wheel built for common paint pigments. Cool.
    I'll have to order that book for my course, then bring it home and test it on my figures!! ;) :lol:

  7. Einion Well-Known Member

    The core benefit of Wilcox's book is in the idea of colour bias and its influence on mixing outcome – put simply for those unfamiliar with the idea, if two colours lean away from what you're looking to mix the resulting colour will be dull, if they both lean towards the colour you're aiming for the result will be 'brighter' (more saturated).

    His explanations of the underlying science are flawed though and he doesn't take into account the full spectrum of available colour (cyan and magenta aren't covered) which is vital to correctly opposing one colour with another. However the good news is that this isn't that vital as there is no one perfect complement for most tube colours since paint mixing does not follow linear rules, the relationships between mixing complements are very irregular.

    At some point I'll get around to writing a new article on complementary colour theory and its practical application that should be much more accurate and comprehensive than my previous one. For anyone interested you can find it here if you haven't seen it already on Armorama or previously on HMF.


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