Colour has one of the key roles within design, without it, a pattern would not be complete. It's the aspect that makes a group of designs a collection. They compliment each other with the tones and shades creating a powerful aesthetic. Colour is such an exciting existence, it plays with your emotions and can tell a story, depending on the colour/shade you use. For example, some colours that are vibrant tend to keep you mesmerised by its beauty, some colours will give you the feeling of serenity and some colours can give a negative impact. This is where the story within the design lies; the theme and colours chosen is subconsciously done at the same time. When thinking about the next project's theme, we can visualise the colours that relate to that subject. These colours are, initially, our own take, our own experiences with that certain theme.
On the topic of colour, I wanted to show you all what else I have decided regarding my colour palette for my current project 'sea life'. During yesterday's blogpost I mentioned a small colour palette that I came across on WGSN called 'key colours', which is made for the seasons S/S19. I am still taking that forward with me. However, I have added more colours to the small palette. I still remained using WGSN to find the rest of my colours, which I did! The reason for wanting a larger palette is because I believe that I need a different shade of each of the colours from my existing palette. This will create depth and slight shadows in my designs to give a 3D aesthetic.
Sifting through WGSN, I came across a report called 'Colour Evolution' created by Hannah Craggs. It's a report that showcases many different colours and what shades were trending during the past (S/S18), the present (A/W18), and what colours will be trending in the future (S/S19). All the colours that showed to be a trend in S/S19 were the colours that I was looking for to expand my colour palette. Below is an image of colour board:
The colour collection that I have created work well with each other, they bounce off one another helping to maintain a balance of serenity and vibrance; this is from the two shades from most of the colours on the palette.
I can see where I have printed the orange and coral in the second row, they look very similar, I will need to tweak the coral colour slightly to make it lighter than what it is now. Otherwise, my colour palette will be showing two 'same' hues.
As you can see above, I have added images on the side of my board to show how well the colours tie in with the sea theme. The hues are just as sharp and vibrant as the photographs and that shows a good sign for the aesthetics of the designs that I will be creating at a later stage.
I hope you loved the colour palette like I did! I cant wait to share my designing stage where I add colour to the designs!
My next post will be about my drawings, stay tuned!