View Full Version : Color vision, color wheel, and art

Neal Glover
11-30-2000, 05:04 PM
I was just reading this story (http://www.redherring.com/mag/issue86/mag-mutant-86.html) on tetrachromats and it raised some questions about the color wheel and art. I'd be interested in hearing if anyone has studied enough to know the answers.

We're told that we can mix any color from the three primary colors (assuming we have perfect primaries on hand). My understanding of light and wavelengths has always made me wonder why only those particular colors work. Is this fact purely a human thing, based on our trichromatic vision and the colors our cones are sensitive to?

If so, what effect would that have on the palettes that tetrachromats would have to set? Imagine the differences they might see in artworks.

Along those lines, what about the colorblind who don't have a red or green cone, or have two slightly different reds or greens? If they choose to paint, what colors do they use when mixing and setting their palette?

Are there any famous colorblind artists? Are there any artists whose work is deliberately targeted at the colorblind? Are there any artists whose work is carefully crafted to control or present different images to those who are color blind and those who aren't?

Full of questions...


Neal Glover
11-30-2000, 06:25 PM
I'll be darned, I already had a link (http://handprint.com/HP/WCL/wcolor.html) in my favorites which answered most of my questions. Pure chance I went there and explored further than I usually do.

I'd still be interested in hearing about colorblind artists or their artworks.

12-17-2000, 11:02 AM
Great questions, Neal! About the color blind...seems a good sense of value,awareness of range would be quite valuable to them. Don't know if there are famous color blind painters...let us know what you learn!