He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wikipedia Color Resources

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:21 pm

Wikipedia Color Resources
There are lots of color resources on the web, for artists, designers and others, but an often overlooked one is Wikipedia, the venerable user-edited online encyclopedia.

Whatever you may say about the reliability of the information on Wikipedia (or from Britannica, or any other single resource, for that matter), I rarely consider a source like Wikipedia a place to end a search, but, like Google, a place to begin one.

Though not specifically an artist’s resource, Wikipedia’s color related articles are numerous and varied.

You might find it interesting to start with their “List of Colors“. The list includes a lot of non-artist colors, like “British Racing Green” and “Psychedelic Purple”, but the familiar artist pigments are there too. Links for those lead to articles with information about the pigment, including source materials, history, chemical composition, lightfastness, typical use, hazardous qualities, color system numbers and sometimes more.

Some are grouped; Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Red all lead to a single entry for “Cadmium pigments“, but some have more extensive and interesting listings, like the history behind Ultramarine.

There are articles about Color Theory, Color Vision, the Color Wheel, Complimentary Color, Primary Color, Hue, Saturation and many other related topics.

Though hardly an exhaustive resource on color for artists, it does seem a valuable resource to add to your virtual palette.

5 comments for Wikipedia Color Resources »

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  1. Comment by Nicole
    Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 1:56 am

    Just came across this blog. Very impressive, just what I’ve been looking for. keep it comming

  2. Comment by kiki
    Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Very useful information, thanks. But still I cant find the answer about how to use color in skin tone.

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Rather than color resources, try looking for information on painting faces and portraits. Here’s one example, though it may be lacking on the darker skin tones: http://www.oil-painting-techniques.com/portrait-paintings.html

  4. Comment by kiki
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 4:13 am

    Thank you Charley, its very helpful. The site also give the information about underpainting process. Although still its a very hard part of painting to me. :)

  5. Comment by Val
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Brill! Thanks – great colour info and actually on another level, just what I need at the moment having been going through my art materials and worrying what might be in some of them that’s been affecting my health. I’ve been looking at the Cadmiums, but there’s also other stuff that is more instantly-health affecting than those. (Did you know there’s ammonia in acrylics?)

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