spectrum of colors

“Could I but paint the colors of love
I’d use the rainbow as my palette
This is how I’d start
Ample scarlet red for the heart
Ivory white for loves purity
A touch of sea green for tranquility
swirls of crimson, loves passion flowing
Splashes of golden hues, like sunshine glowing
dolops of blue for love so true
dab of emerald green.loves hope for eternity

I’d paint the spectrum of loves colors
on the canvas of life
sprinkling gold and diamond dust all around
singing a love song divine
Oh, see how my love sparkles and shines,…” 🌙🌟💙

Colors Of Love - Poem by Giovanna Marie

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And the last two, Yellow Diamond and Holly Blue Agate! Yellow was…super difficult due to her limited palette but she was a fun challenge, especially making me work in the opposite color spectrum I usually go towards for shading when it comes to yellow! Going the green direction I feel makes her seem more intimidating and unfriendly, compared to if I went to the orange side.

Also I fucking love Holly Blue, she’s a real dick and I hope we see more of her and her clicky-clack boots soon enough. Hope you guys like!

I was designing a simple website for a client who wanted to rent out their villa in the South of France. There were lots of gorgeous pictures of the scenery in the South of France, so I decided to pick some colors from the photographs - a blue, green and pink. The client liked the idea but said:

Client: I like the colors but they are a bit bright, can you tone them down a bit.

Me: Sure, so you would like them a bit paler?

Client: Yes.

I looked on the color wheel and chose a tint of each color - so they same color spectrum of each color, just a bit paler as requested.

Client: No, I don’t like that! It’s too wishy-washy.

Me: Ok, it’s actually a pastel now, it’s a paler version of each color as requested.

Client: No, I didn’t want you to change the colors, just make them lighter.

Me: Well, if you make a color lighter, it becomes a different color.

Client: Well, I asked for the same color, just a bit lighter. What is difficult to understand about that?

Me: Ok, so you want it to look EXACTLY like the original color, just… lighter.

Client: Yes! Exactly! Now you’ve got it.

That was the moment I realized this was not going to be an easy job.

The Science of Light, as explained by Lapis Lazuli

so i made this color edit of a screenshot of steven universe -

and got this in response

you’d expect that to kind of be the case, like, oh, her colors are darker, in low light she’d be pitch black, that’s logical, but light and color work in mysterious ways. i actually wanna talk about this because it’s a cool scientific learning experience. so @smug-torracat let’s talk about the physics of light!

here’s a side-by-side comparison of the original (left) and my edit (right), with lapis in white sunlight. white light is a mixture of the entirety of the light spectrum and has every color. so lapis here absorbs all the colors in white light except for blue, which she reflects thus making her blue to our eyes.

the bulb is the sun, the filter is lapis’s skin/dress/hair, the square on the right is our eyes.

now let’s look at a screenshot of lapis in mirror gem/ocean gem.

in this scene, it’s pretty dark, and everything has a vaguely dark blue filter over everything. we can assume that this scene takes place in surroundings with a mixture of low blue light and low white light.

this is my best attempt at recreating the light conditions in the scene. here, lapis is standing in both low blue and low white light. it’s not perfect, but you can see that the lapis on the right has colors extremely similar to the lapis in the mirror gem/ocean gem screenshot.

okay, why isn’t she black? white light + blue light + blue filter = blue appearance.

if the surroundings (the bulb) are bathing lapis (the blue filter) in blue light, then she’s absorbing nothing. blue objects can’t absorb blue light, so the blue light reflects and we (the square on the right) see nothing but more blue.

black is the absence of any color in the light spectrum. in order for us to see black, all light from an object would need to be absorbed. so for lapis to appear black, she would need to be in either red or green light.

if she’s in red light, there’s no blue light to reflect off of her clothes and back to our eyes. blue objects absorb all red light, making the object appear to us as completely black.

you can see how her hair and triangles on her outfit on the right appear almost entirely black, and she’s in mostly shades of gray.

so there you have it - my recolored lapis matches mirror gem/ocean gem lapis without a hitch. yay, colors!