Project Objectives

Develop visual understanding of the differences between subject matter and form.

Develop visual understanding of Complementary Color Scheme.

Develop practical understanding of the how to create Complementary Color Harmonies.

Intentionally create depth/volume using value range, color harmonies, color saturation, and temperature.

Develop practical understanding of collage skills, development and technique through color selection and arrangement.

Project Description

In this project you will recreate Project 7 | Value Self-Portrait using Shaped Color Value Gradation to create Volume. In other words, you will break down the values in your face into shapes with gradations. Keep in mind that the bigger and closer to foreground the lighter in value, saturated in intensity and warmer in temperature the colors will be. Shadows and mid-ground values will be muted and background colors and deep shadows will be chromatic grays.

Project Considerations

Before you start working, watch Marybeth Hass' presentation on Saturation Studies and read 11 Ways To Add Depth To A Design. Finally review your understanding by going though Color II Presentation


Is a property of light and has three characteristics:

    Value = How light or dark a color is.

    Hue = Color

    Intensity = Saturation = Chroma
    How pure (bright) a color is.


    We have learned so far that working with Value helps create the illusion of volume.

    We also learned that Value is one of the characteristics of Color.


    In Project 8: Color Schemes we used Hues and Color Harmonies to translate Value into Color in order to enhance the Design and Content.

    Color Schemes deal with Color Harmonies and are based on the Color Wheel and it's Hues.

    If we want to use Colors to create Volume we also need to work with Intensity and Temperature.


    Prismatic Color: pure hues at their highest saturation levels.

    Muted Color: rich but softened color created by mixing prismatic color with a small amount of its complement.

    Chromatic Gray: very subtle color created by mixing prismatic color with a lot of its complement.

    Achromatic Gray: created by mixing black and white (no hue.)


    Warm: hues closer to red = advance

    Cool: hues closer to blue = recede

Before Starting | Watch & Read

Saturation Studies by Marybeth Haas

11 Ways To Add Depth To A Design

Color II Presentation

Project 9 | E-portfolio

Self-Critique Questions
Artwork Documentation
Writing Assignment
E-Portfolio Notes
Read more

Samples of Color Intensity

1. High Saturation: Prismatic

A. Broad Value Range | B. Narrow Value Range

2. Low Saturation: Muted

A. Broad Value Range | B. Narrow Value Range

3. Chromatic Grays

A. Broad Value Range | B. Narrow Value Range

Required Materials

Printed Copy of Scanned Final Project 7 One (1) Sheet of 14” x 17” Bristol Board Color Magazines Set of Gouache Paint Paint Brushes Mixing Palette Container for Water Cloth Rag HB Pencil Eraser Scissors Xacto Ruler Glue Stick (Black) Rubber Cement

Step-by-step Directions

1. Use the Printed Copy of Scanned Final Project 7.

2. Trace the selfie onto the 14" x 17" Bristol board.

3. Choose the hues to work with complementary color harmony.

4. Create your own color strips or use found materials such as magazines, color papers, wrapping papers, etc.. with the colors and values of your color complementary scheme. Cut the materials into small pieces of paper matching the selfie's hues, values, intensities and temperatures aiming to create Shaped Color Value Gradation and depth.

5. Organize the cut pieces over the Bristol Board to ensure that you have it set.

6. Once you are sure that all the pieces are creating depth with Shaped Color Value Gradation use Rubber Cement to glue the paper pieces on the Bristol Board.

7. Record every step of your process with photographs and in writing and post it to your Wordpress E-portfolio | Project 10: Color Depth Collage Process.

Sample Work

Click on the image to go to the original site. You will see more examples, information and credits. Please observe the portraits color schemes and how depth and volume are created by the artist's use of hue inherent value, values, color intensity and temperature.