How Well Do You Distinguish Colors?

I’ve been known to get into some vivid color discussions with artists. I seem to see colors more intensely or acutely than even my hairdresser. Perhaps I’m just more dogged about the concept. Even so, occasionally I’m out done. 

Luttrell Psalter
Heures du Duc de Berry

Color determination, being able to see the difference between colors, is essential to an artist. As a scribe it is crucial to selecting colors that emulate your chosen inspiration source. 

There’s a big difference in the colors in the Luttrell Psalter and those in Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

As an art student or scribe, would this change your ability to learn about art? Would it affect how you paint? No matter your artistic style, would you change how you paint if you don’t see colors the same as those who view your work? 

Knowing how you see color is a step to answering those questions. Below are BuzzFeed quizzes to help you casually assess where you fit on the color determination scale. These fun quizzes will give you a clue to the next step on your scribal journey.

If you are interested to learn more, as part of their free online color theory classes, The Student Art Guide website tells how color determination affects art students and artists. While the Student Art Guide website is intended for high-school students, it’s pages are relevant to most art students. Be careful you don’t get lost within it for days. 

Exploring color mixing is important. Being able to see the changes that happen when you do is crucial to recreating scrolls that emulate your inspirations.

Related Prior Post:
5 Tips to Train Your Artist Eye



Image credits: Click title under image for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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