November 22, 2010
Sébastien Preschoux’s 2009 vibrant string installation producing his brilliant light beams beautifully illustrates how we perceive color! Preschoux’s rainbow web demonstrates the sun’s white light visible spectrum being detected by our eye and brain. Our cone photoreceptors are sensitive to different portions of the visible spectrum.
The string installation also symbolizes the RGB color model used in computer displays, smartphones and TVs. Known as the additive color model in which red, green, and blue light overlap to reproduce millions of colors.
Contrasted by our printers that rely on subtractive color typically using cyan, magenta, yellow and black producing a smaller color spectrum that for years proposed challenges in consistent color management between screen and paper. Using the software’s document color profile has come a long way to bridge the gap! And Preschoux’s colorful thread crossings represents an artful loom. Weaving his rainbow, the overlapping yarns become the warp and weft crafting the virtual fabric.
Discussing color, this is just the beginning as we post more examples and discussion managing projects across color spaces and devices. We just thought that Preschoux’s installation is a wonderful introduction!
The simplest approach before beginning a project is selecting a target printer. From the printer’s default color chart printed on the coordinating paper specifying the PMS number matches the digital equivalent, or give you a head start. More on those steps in the future!
Designing and illustrating using the computer allows for much creative freedom but calibrating your palettes between platforms is one of the most important steps. Visit Sébastien Preschoux’s site for more of his color experiments.
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