Illustration School: Let’s Draw Magical Colour by Sachiko Umoto was an impulse buy at the Whitechapel Gallery Bookshop. This cute little paean to colour is written by one of Japan’s most popular artists with an extremely distinctive illustration style. We discover how the author artist made friends with each colour in order to discover the magical powers and the hidden emotions behind each colour.
Here’s a quick summary of colour emotion according to Umoto:
RED – Powerful, active, aggressive, passionate. The most eye-catching colour
PINK – Gentle, graceful, feminine, fantastical
ORANGE – Warm and happy, a combination of aggressive red and cheerful yellow
YELLOW – Bright, dynamic, active and expansive
LIGHT BLUE – Refreshing and relaxing, associated with sky and water, sources of life
BLUE – Cool, calmness, integrity, trust and innocence
GREEN – Comfort, freshness, safety and harmony
LIGHT GREEN – Refreshment, vitality and regeneration
PURPLE – Mystery, nobility, value and artistry
BROWN – Naturalness, gentleness, sweetness and bitterness
BLACK – Quietness, decency, dignity and anxiety. Absence, heavy and formal
So if you want
or juicy….just listen to the voice of colours!