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By understanding the color wheel, we can take any color and make a convincing, naturalistic shadow. We can use the same principle to take any color and tone it down a bit or lower the chroma.
In the color mixing demonstration, I show chromium oxide green and phthalocyanine grew (yellow shade) to demonstrate how single pigment colors inherently have a higher chroma or lower chroma. Chroma is the term for color that is equivalent to saturation. It's how bright or intense a color is.
Then using a cadmium red light hue and a pyrrole red, we mix the two together to get a third shade of red. I suggest lightening any color first with a lighter version of the color before you reach for white which will make the color a pastel or even sometimes chalky.
Next I show the color wheel and demonstrate how to find the complement of any color by looking opposite the color on the color wheel.
When I'm mixing shadows, I use the complementary color. So I show how to mix a shadow of the red by adding it's opposite on the wheel - green.
This was filmed at Solano College in Fairfield California on February 13, 2014 in the class of Professor Jeanne Lorenz.
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