The intrigue of a draft is basically how much it piques your visual curiosity, and how much effort it is to take in. Is it straightforward and simple, or is it more of a visual puzzle? This will change the feel of your piece.
Intrigue is affected by four factors: Pattern boldness, pattern crispness, pattern regularity, and pattern complexity. Pattern boldness is controlled by color, and is what you’ll be exploring in this exercise. The four drafts show a variety of pattern crispness, regularity, and complexities.
- Choose white for Color 1, and black for Color 2.
How complicated does each draft look?
- Choose two colors that are similar in darkness, and similar in hue.
How does the complexity change?
- Choose a light color for Color 1, and a dark version of the same hue for Color 2.
What happens when you create value contrast without hue contrast?
- Choose yellow for Color 1, and dark blue for Color 2.
How does the complexity change when you use highly saturated colors that contrast strongly in both hue and value?
- Explore different combinations of hue, value, and saturation.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered?
Pick Color #1
Pick Color #2