hue and saturation

Color Study #1: Intro to Color Theory

Artist: Adison Gonzalez

Title: Hues of Blues

Year: 2016

Medium: Digital 

In my abstract piece, I explored  what would happen if I only changed hue, saturation and lightness/ value. After manipulating these three variables, like the video suggested, we can make any color! I really wanted to convey the different shades of blue that were created just by changing hue, saturations and lightness/ value because blue is a very common color in advertisements and within  my work, I utilize different shades of blue. 

This is considered Digital Art because I created this piece digitally and it was inspired by something I observed within the world. 


Yaaaas! Who mad tho? She looked great. That shimmer to the dress is LIFE and perfect contrast against her gorgeous skin. It looks great on her body, a body she talks about loving. And she really did just shade all the haters, with her joy. So again I ask, who mad tho? Bwahahaha. Stay fabulous Gabourey. ❤

I see this kinda advice passed around all the time here is the thing: shading with black will indeed look bad if you don’t know what you are doing. However, telling people not to do things without explaining why is terrible advice.

Shadows are the opposite of light, this includes in colour.

This means that if you have light in one colour, the shadow will be of the opposing hue, saturation, and value.

Unless the object is white, it has its own local colour -  the object’s true colour, how it would appear if the light were pure white.

The colour of the light influences the local colour of the object. so if you had yourself a brown cube and a blue light, the colours would get bluer and pinker.

now the reason shadows do not tend to be black is because pure white light is hard to find in nature.

the closest you will get to pure white light is during a really overcast day and the sun is filtering through the clouds, but even then it’ll lean towards yellow so the shadows will be slightly blue.

During a clear day, the shadows will pick up a lot of bounce light from the blue sky and have a blue tinge.
You can learn more about this in this tutorial: []

But! None of this means you are never allowed to use black.

realistically shadows will have a hint of a colour to them, but stylistically you might be going for, say, a film noir look and deep black shadows are needed for impact for example.

The more you know about how light works, the more informed decisions you can make about shading and the more options you have.

If someone tells you that you can’t do something, they’re wrong! you can do what you like!

yes, black is hard to use and if you just mix a colour with black it’ll get muddy, but thats easily resolved by choosing your colours manually - which ideally you want to do regardless bc the computer doesnt have your eyes & cant choose the colours you like

basically if someone gives you some art advice and says you can’t do something, they’re wrong!
you can, you just might need to study a little to figure out how to make things work.

I mean for example, people will say you must make your composition follow the rule of thirds and never align centrally, but while the rule of thirds makes it easy to create visual interest, Mad Max Fury Road is a testament to the fact that central composition can and will work if you experiment.

there are no rules in art!
there are theories based on reality, this has been a post on colour theory & light theory, but they exist to inform you, not to restrict you.

Do what you like! Trust your eyes, if you think something looks good, then great! If you don’t, then research & experiment until you do.

Also if you wanna learn more abt colour theory, I go into it in a lot more depth over yonder:


so for my digital art class we had to scan items and make art with them so i decided to make a tribute to Vera Caslavska! i scanned black and white images of her, colored them, and arranged her with flowers, branches, berries, etc that i found to represent the months she trained in the wilderness before the 1968 Olympics as a result of protesting the Soviet occupation (at the Tokyo Olympics she nabbed FOUR individual titles nbd!) - so here is my tribute to the actual goddess that is mama vera!

I wrote down this speech that I had no time to practice so this will be the practicing session. Thank you Alfre, for such an amazing, amazing introduction and celebration of my work. And thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood. That it is ESSENCE that holds this event celebrating our professional gains of the year is significant, a beauty magazine that recognizes the beauty that we not just possess but also produce.

I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, Black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: ‘Dear Lupita,’ it reads, 'I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.’

My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.

I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.

And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.

And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.

There is no shame in Black beauty.


Lupita Nyong'o

Her remarkable speech from Essence Magazine’s 7th Annual Black Women In Hollywood luncheon where she won the Best Breakthrough Performance Award. Remarkable. Just…remarkable. *tears*

Media is not arbitrary, random, neutral nor apolitical. 


Queen Jade is a deaf Jamaican American Black woman and independent filmmaker who needs funding for an incredible film called The Shattered Mind. According to her Kickstarter site:

The film is centered upon a proud Black Deaf family with a captivating story that has never been told before in the mainstream film industry. The Shattered Mind is a 40-minute short film that explores a black deaf family’s journey while their daughter, Zhane Rain struggles to overcome adversity; traumatic childhood past and hearing loss. Zhane Rain is a misplaced teenager who is trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and to overcoming unusual psychological and neurological conditions. Ultimately, her biggest battle is in dealing with recurring nightmares due to amnesia from the traumatic experience she had as a child. 

She’s right. I’ve not even encountered a synopsis like this for a film. I’m all about supporting new to the screen stories, nuanced stories about Blackness, especially about Black women and Black families.

Her deadline is January 14, 2014 and that is in only 9 days! She needs only $470.00 more as her goal is $2,500.00 and she has $2,030.00 as of this post. Please support if you can! There’s pledge amounts as low as $1.00, $10.00 and $25.00 for those of us without much money but still want to chip in.

Please support via pledge or at least signal boost!

Photoshoot and Post-Production

Basically we had to do some stuff to a photo we took. You can tell that towards the end I was getting sick and tired of not having any fucking instructions as to what I was supposed to do. Literally all I had was “apply the complimentary color theory to your object to make it the focal point”. A) He never taught us comlpimentary color theory. I know what it is, but I’m sure people will struggle. B) How did he want us to do that? I took a stab in the dark and assumed the background should be one of the colors and the focal point the other, but there are a million other options. I’m frustrated and fed up with his lack of instructions at this point. And no, he doesn’t give us better instructions in class.


Beyoncé’s Visual Album Screening

This is a great clip of Beyoncé at her visual album’s screening. It’s nice to hear some of her own perspectives (more here) on her incredible work, her visual album BEYONCÉ. She answered questions from some Instagram users and talked a lot about creating this work with women, with her own company and the importance of motherhood to her. 

I really like that she said this:

But more than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman. For taking the risk. The biggest message is owning your imperfections and all the things that makes you interesting because I refuse to allow someone to put me in anybody’s box.

and also:

Yoncé is Beyoncé. Mrs. Carter is Beyoncé. Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé. I’m finally at a place where, as I said earlier, I don’t have to kinda separate the two anymore. We’re all one. It’s all pieces of me and just different elements of a personality, of a woman, because we are complicated.  

and finally:

My goal was not picking a number one single. My goal was putting together a body of work  and I just wanted to know if people cared about music. Because honestly, I was at a point where I felt like, you know, everything is, it feels the same. What I said in “Ghost” (“all the shit I do is borin’) that’s how I felt. And if I could not challenge that, then maybe it was time for me to do something else, or develop more artists. 

I really enjoyed the direction taken with this art and the elaboration of the multiple facets of her personality and politics conveyed so exquisitely and unprecedented. Oh and what she wore SLAYED. She looked like a superhero with the boots. Loved it.