The Essence of Color

In the fall of 2012, I took my second creative writing course in college, and it was a night class, def one of my favorite courses in college. It may have been ten or eleven of us in the class, and it was such a cool group of people to be apart of; very diverse class in age, cultures, and interests. We were working on descriptions this one night, and our professor asked us the color on the back wall. This is where I observed, in a general sense, some unique differences between males and females.

Us guys in the class responded with light-bluish purple. That’s what we came up with. However, one of the women blurted out, “Periwinkle,” and all the other women were in wholehearted agreement with her. To say we as guys were befuddled (my favorite word) is an understatement. In our group, the older guy said, “like Rocky and Bullwinkle” (the older generation will get that reference). With this night, I really started to reflect and research the essence of color.

Personal Interest

I’ve always been aware of color and the complexities and depth of it. Blue is my favorite color, but I’m not a big fan of royal blue. I prefer navy and baby blue or sky blue, but I really don’t care for royal blue, it’s weird and quirky. I remember having the 128 pack of crayons by Crayola in kindergarten. You would run into the differing shades of base colors. Scarlet was my favorite red to use.

My favorite franchise of all time happens to be Pokemon, and the original games named their cities and towns after color or something that’s color-related.

  • Pallet Town
  • Veridian City
  • Pewter City
  • Cerulean City
  • Vermilion City
  • Lavender Town
  • Celadon City
  • Fuchsia City
  • Saffron City
  • Cinnabar Island
  • Indigo Plateau

Art is generally associated with color, but science deals with color a lot, especially when dealing with light. Now I also took computer graphics for four years in H.S., and you see the importance of color and how a computer interprets color through values. Your start to realize how important color is as well as how much we take it for granted. For those who have varying problems with color-blindness, that’s truly unfortunate.

Incorporating color

I’m so thankful and grateful to God for adding color to the world. Fall is my favorite time of year for both weather and the changing of the leaves. To see fading beauty amid decay is such a unique experience, to say the least. This isn’t just leaves changing but also in the fading sunsets, and knowing that red light has the longest wavelength, we see the red horizon at the end of a day.

So one of my goals in crafting the fantasy world (the name coming soon) is to incorporate color within the foundation’s essence. So there will be 10 base color groups:

  1. Black
  2. White
  3. Gray
  4. Orange
  5. Brown
  6. Purple
  7. Blue
  8. Red
  9. Yellow
  10. Green

More info will come soon as we get closer to the new year, but I wanted to express the joys of color and how it impacts my writing. Also, take the time to enjoy color, specifically the color of this season.

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