Colour Theory: Complimentary and Harmonious
written by Jerrold Hewson
The foundation of all Visual Art is based off of two things-
1) The Elements of Art, (the things you put into the work, such as colour, value, line, shape- and the manipulation of them).
2) The Principals of Design, (the arrangement of them within the picture plane, creating things such as balance, emphasis, harmony and rhythm).
Analyze your images based on these foundations
The image on the left is straight out of camera and at first glance looks fine, however, a closer look reveals cool blues in the mid-tones and highlights which creates a contrast to the redness of her skin.
The image on the right, though just slightly different, is more pleasing to the eye as the red/blue contrast was corrected by simply reducing the blues tones using the colour balance slider in photoshop. Notice too, how the redness in her skin was reduced by removing the blue, an effect of the additive colour system (RGB), therefore making the overall colours more harmonious.
In part 2 of this BLOG I will be going more in depth about complimentary (contrast) and analogous (harmonious) colour systems.