Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What is the purpose of this blog?

This should really be called "The Colorblind Art Student." Actually, "The Color-deficient Art Student." More precisely, "The Anomalous Trichomat Art Student." (At least I think that's what I am.)

The chief purpose is to solicit and share suggestions from the outside world about coping with colorblindness as an artist/ illustrator. I'm now beginning my second year of art school, knee deep in oil paint and turpenoid, and aggravated as hell. I know of a couple successful colorblind artists out there, and I'm told there are many more. Wouldn't it be helpful for us mildly disabled, mildly discouraged beginners to get some mentorship?

I invite more questions, but here are some starters:

What is colorblindness exactly?
How does one get a clearer sense of what he/she can see or not see accurately?
What principles of color theory and painting can guide our choices, even when we're not sure what we see?
What tools (books, software, etc.) can make things easier?
What sort of work are colorblind artists producing out there?

Since this may find no audience at all, I'll at least use this space to record what I learn and make some sense of it.


At 8:04 AM, Anonymous August said...

thanks for this blog!
ur truly help me to understand that even colorblind artist can make good arts.
i'm also partially colorblind, and i'm kinda iritated cause i wanna be a pro illustrator.
because of my color deficiency i didn't take art class.instead i chose IT.these last 4 years looks like a wasted time for me cause i didn't take the art school..
but past is past i just need to practice harder to be an illustrator.
Once again thanks for sharing.

sorry 4 my english :p

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your blog. I am a color blind illustrator as well! AND!! im in in my senior year! i made it through!! it is really tough being color blind in art school and even more specifically illustration due to its lack of personal expression and freedom. How ive dealt with it is by just asking people the general colors of the piece and from there i just use color theory. i build up a bank of what i know to be true as opposed to what i see.

i quit art school after my freshman year, and during that year off i couldnt stop drawing, so i went back to another school. my sophmore year we trained in all black and white, and my junior year we started color. I cried a lot that year, but i just pushed through it and started building up my "bank" now, im the top painter in class, everyone comes to me for advice!

all i want to say is that it can be done. its hard, and depressing at times, but push through.

heres a link to some work i did my freshman -junior year.

im currently creating a new blog with my updated stuff in a more organized matter...

hopefully this helps and you dont feel alone and frustrated... because trust me. im right there with ya!!

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8:20 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Hi! Is anyone still out there? I'm an author looking for someone to illustrate a story/fact book about color vision deficiency for children (that will hopefully give parents and teachers an education too!)Maybe the best person for the job is an artist with CVD. What do you think about the possibility and possible problems? It has to work for those with CVD as well as those without. I'm not colorblind but my father and my son are. My goal is to make sure grade-schoolers with CVD don't lose confidence in the color-coded world of early education, and know there is still a world of opportunities open to them... including art!!! My website is KarenRaeLevine.com. Thanks

At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Pawel said...

Hi, nice blog. i'm colour blind myself and in the Art School studying Filmmaking and Time Based Art. To be honest, I believe that colourblindness isn't a very big problem. I believe that your idea, your creativity and whatever you do with it is really what should matter to you. I have recently tried colour correcting a film i made. Although there were some mistakes in what colours should look like i was surprised by how many positive comments I got about the look of the film. Good luck with your work! :D


At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Hello again. It's been a while since I was in search of an artist with CVD to illustrate a picture book I wrote called ALL ABOUT COLOR BLINDNESS. Just wanted to give you an update. The artist I hired is Frank Walls, who is colorblind. The book is available on lulu.com for now, but will soon be on Amazon and BarnesandNoble. If you're looking for a down-to-earth, understandable explanation of CVD (color blindness) you can find it in this book. If you understand it better, I'm sure it would help you understand your art. Another great source is a video at nosuchthingascolor.com. My website is KarenRaeLevin.com. Never give up on your creativity!

At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Dana said...

Hi My Name is Dana and I teach art to two color blind students. 9 and 12.... I have decided to teach them color theory but I am at a loss. Ive taught them about warm and cool colors. About complimentary colors. I dont want them to view their inability as a weakness but to find strength in it. So I've asked them to paint their own color wheel. After We do the text book color wheel with labels. I label their water colors. with parenthesis blue red ect... I have tried to express my excitement in the idea that they see differently and embrace that but at the same time I worry that I might put them in an unrealistic bubble... I would apreciate your suggestions.... Thank You....

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