TURNING PHOTOS INTOExtraordinary Paintings

Image

Adding Color

Selecting the right colors to bring your photo to life and depict the appropriate mood requires creating color harmony and balance in your painting. This step-by-step project uses a reference photo of my father’s stack of books. The books bring nostalgia and a sense of classicism and studiousness, so I had to be careful not to make this piece look too cartoonish through my use of color. To set the appropriate mood, I used a square tetradic color scheme of yellow, blue, red-orange, and violet. These colors give the painting balance, as they are equally spaced around the color wheel and include ...

Get Portfolio: Beginning Composition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.