Color theory project

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What is this project about?

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The project focuses on learning and applying color theory

What do you want to get out of this project?


I want to learn how to use colors coherently and interestingly so that my illustrations look cool

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How is color used by artists and how can I use color to pack a punch with my illustrations?


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For the first part of my project, I want to dissect examples of color theory being used well in movie posters and album covers to convey the subject matter.

For the second part, I want to revisit color theory in movie and album covers, but this time I will choose examples that I feel are ineffective and recolor them to fit the subject matter better

Afterwards, I want to make a finished illustration using what I’ve learned about choosing colors, using them together, and using them to convey emotion.


What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Work Product Deliverables

Finish dissecting effective examples
March 23, 2021
Finish recoloring ineffective examples
March 25, 2021
Complete an illustration that reflects what I’ve learned
April 1, 2021
Work Product due
March 5, 2021

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