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Why Some Artists Don't Use Color..

Updated on August 8, 2009

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?

Art by me- (C.A.M.)2009
Art by me- (C.A.M.)2009

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.

Ending Notes

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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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I love to paint and drawing has always been difficult for me. I enjoyed this hub and received some inspiration to try again. Thanks for sharing.

    • artrush73 profile image


      8 years ago

      All my life I have been drawing black and white, I have tried everything and nothing worked as best as black and white drawings. Later in my life I have tried painting and that changed everything... now I paint :-)

      Very nice hub, best of luck

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks Kenneth! Strange there is no contact button. I'll check that out. Sounds like you are going to continue writing wonderful hubs, so glad you are here!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Cam Anju, GREAT read here! You are an exceptionally-talented person! Love your creative heart. And hubs. I voted UP and all across. There was no 'contact Cam Anju,' button on your profile to push, so I am sending you this . . .PLEASE READ: A SINCERE THANK YOU for following me. I am very new to the hubs thing, and I ask that you be patient with me as I learn the in’s and out’s of hubbing. I VALUE my followers and I shall NOT take YOUR Warm Gesture for granted. I also will write hubs that will be educational, entertaining, a bit dramatic and many times funny. But NOT negative, abusive, or demeaning. If any any time my hubs offend or upset you, simply tell me then and I will remedy the situation pronto. Again, THANK YOU! Sincerely, Kenneth, (my real name. I didn't know at the times we could use catchy titles) and feel free to send me any tips, suggestions and ways I can be as creative as YOU. Kenneth

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      10 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks Choke Frantic! I really think black and white can bring out the true beauty of a drawing. :) Thank you for stopping by! ^_^

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      Choke Frantic 

      10 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      I adore black and white drawing, and I find it so much better than full-on colour. Thanks for sharing in my passion =]

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      10 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Aya Katz, it is.. icing on the cake that's a great way to put it! ^_^ Thank you, took me forever to finish. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Aya Katz 

      10 years ago from The Ozarks

      Cam, I agree with you. I love color, too, but color is like the icing on the cake. Form, shape, lines, shading, those are the substance. I loved the illustration of the little hand in the big one, and I admired especially the small touches on the fingernails!

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      10 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks Wendy, I'll be sure to check out your art. ;)

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      10 years ago

      hello. I was passing by your hub and I love the black & white drawing. I love to draw. I've been an artist my whole life and art is my passion. I would like to share my talent. Please check my profile. Check out my art work. Thanx

    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      10 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Jeff, I do... your black and white art is a very good example of what I am saying here. You are very talented. ;)Thanks for stopping by!


    • rvsource profile image


      10 years ago


      As I'm sure you know, most of my art is in black and white. I just love to draw. It's really cool to be able to take a drawing and make it look as real as possible with only using shadows. That is what I enjoy.


    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      10 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Hey dohn121! It has been a while! I'm sorry things came up, I also had to pull out of my hubchallenge. :P Yes, that's the best way to entertain yourself IMO. ;) Thanks! ^_^

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      10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Cam! Long time no hear! I'm with you. I use to draw ALL the time when I was a kid. Why? Because I was big time troublemaker, that's why. Whenever I went to a family friend's house, I'd bring some really sharp pencil a big pink eraser, comic books (or not) and a few blank pieces of paper. For the next few hours, I was transported right back home without a care in the world. Thanks, Cam. Awesome drawing by the way!


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