Color blocking in art is a way to practice painting colors in different light keys so that you have a better understanding of how light affects your colors.
In this interview with Eric Rhoads, colorist Camille Przewodek explains why she stresses the importance of color blocking for artists, which she compares to practicing scales for musicians. Eric tells us that Camille greatly inspired both him and the plein air movement in general, adding that her approach to color blocking has been one of the most informative things he has learned.
When it comes to color blocking, Camille says you “take everything out of the equation so you’re only dealing with color, and then you can apply the color to your subject.” She adds that you’re “painting the difference between the light key, which is the light in which the object is seen. The color blocks are a way to create your first lay-in, which will later be modified; they are a way to create the illusion of light on your subjects.
Here’s more of what you’ll learn in the video below:
- How color blocking applies to painting the landscape
- How Camille organizes her lights and shadows
- Why she has her students use a palette knife when making color blocks
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