Why Some Artists Don't Use Color..
Color is a wonderful tool that can help many of us artists in our work.
Psychedelic and bright colors are eyecatching and fun, why is it that some artists use only pencils, or a black pen to ink and don't experiment in colors?
Replacing The Need For Color With Your Soul
When I was little I loved to use color, in EVERYTHING, although besides my love for bright colors I had people telling me that I should focus on some black and white art.
I quickly learned that a true artist can make anything come to life, colors or not. Color is a way to draw attention but if you truly put your heart and soul into your work, you don't need the color to express the feeling your trying to portray.
Over the years I have grown quite fond of black and whites, drawings that can draw attention to themselves without blaring different colors. I have learned to respect the artists who just choose to never use color, and experiment with this myself. My friend from the UK says to me: "Cam, you should do some drawings with color, your gallery is all black and white!" it made me realize that I prefer this way of drawing at this point.
I think it's really terrible when people can't accept that an artist is an artist and all of their work is done by person preference and choice. However as an artist we must learn to take the comments and dismiss the ones that do not resonate on the same level we are at. Everyone is etitled to their own opinions, and learning to take that and accept it is the best thing anyone can do.
Personally I think that black and whites have a certain clean look to them, a particular look and feeling you cannot achieve with color. Black and whiite drawings are deep, they are real.. something about them... they show the raw beauty and truth behind the art work.
You're starting to Sound Like Color is A Bad Thing
Some of you may be thinking "She's starting to sound like she against using colors" So, lets clear that up now.
I LOVE color. I often use it, I am not saying that color shouldn't be used or that it cannot express good emotion and the feeling of something real, I am simply stating what I have learned in why a lot of artists do not use color.A lot of pure raw beauty can be exposed in a drawing without any color... just as it can in a drawing WITH color.
Tones of grey, whites and blacks, like an old film on the tv are expressive, they have a lot of emotion caught up in them. The can be dramatic, or romantic, packed with action, take your pick. After a while of accepting the art for the way that it is, you stop even noticing it's not in color, just as a good film draws you in black and white or not, good art will do the same.
Art can touch your soul, inspire you, and bring you to know things about your self you never knew before. If you look deep enough, you can see that in any art, because that's what art is for, that's what it is supposed to do is make the viewer feel something, anything. Once a piece of art has done this it has done it's job.
Now that is why I like black and whites so much, this is why I don't feel the need to put color into a lot my work. I know a lot of artists who feel this way as well. So whether you are looking into drawing black and white drawings or you are just trying to learn why artists don't always use color, I hope this has helped you and you found what you were looking for.
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