Class 29 | Color Inventory


  • Review Design & Color Vocabulary and Concepts
  • As we go through the review, add each vocabulary word to your Creative Process Book and include a small drawing or example that represents each Principle and Element.


  • Color Harmony Palettes: Analogous & Split Complementary
  • Color References for Proportional Inventory.


  • Proportional Inventory
    • Find a color reference (your favorite sweater, household object, advertisement, photograph, book cover, etc.)
    • Create a color inventory palette that proportionally represents your color reference. If the 2/3’s of your reference is blue-violet with secondary hues of yellow and orange, then the palette should reflect this. EXAMPLE
    • If your reference has more than 6 parts, economize and limit the number of parts: max of 6, min of 3.
    • Here are few examples. See if you can see the color scheme in terms of proportions and how it’s used in the visual hierarchy:
  • Free-Study – Color Harmony
    • Using your Proportional Color Inventory create a 9×12″ or larger composition of your choice that demonstrates the concepts we covered in our Color Progression and Harmony Studies.
    • Your composition should use the exact proportion of hues chosen from your color reference with at least 1 color progression (tints, shades or hues)
    • As with previous free-studies, research, thumbnails, color tests, consideration of overall compositional balance between figure and ground, and unity is important! Because this is your LAST class project, see if you can utilize other aspects of the Basic Tenets of DESIGN that we have covered in this class.
    • Using any materials you like, create a composition that uses the PRINCIPLES and ELEMENTS of design to communicate your concept and to evoke your intended meaning.
    • Specifically your final Free Study should demonstrate: The Practice: Concept + Form are ingredients that a designer uses to produce a composition that communicates meaning. The relationship between the Concept (idea) and the Form (process/result) produces the Content (meaning).
      • Concept = WHAT? What do you want to communicate?
      • Form = HOW? How will you do it?
      • Content/Meaning = WHY? Why is it important?
      • Create 5-10 thumbnail sketches in your creative process book.


Bring to class:

  • Completed Proportional Inventory and Color Harmony Free-Study.
  • Your three most successful works created in this course for our final critique.
  • A sturdy portfolio to collect your past work.
  • Your Creative Process Book; review the section in Understanding Your Grade.