Day 64 at Home: Color in Words and Memories

I’m trying to find new ways to look at and draw our routines at home all the time during lockdown, so it really helps to have inspiration from an outside source. This prompt, part of the #usktalkschallenge (look them up on instagram to find examples of new ways to challenge yourself) really intrigued me. The challenge, from a talk by Mario Linhares, was to sketch without color, but to note the colors in words. And not just words that are technical color names, but in ways that draw on your personal memories and color associations.

I tried it one morning on my regular subject, a kid that seemed like he would be sitting where he was for a little while. You can see I made no attempt to keep the notes light or subdued.

And then later in the day, I addressed the second part of the challenge, which is to use your notes to paint in the color. This is where I landed.

It’s interesting to see what happened here: there’s no magic in the colors I literally names: legos in orange, red, green, blue and yellow. But the better I described a color in words, the more associations I could make for it, the more vividly I could recollect it, perhaps (like the shadow) more vivid than it would have originally been.

I’m really intrigued by this process and will be playing with it some more. I have this other one I sketched with only notes so far.

I might leave it as or paint it in a few days when the memory of that day is more distant… I wonder if I will still be able to capture the light?

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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3 Responses to Day 64 at Home: Color in Words and Memories

  1. Bernadette says:

    Just reading the instructions to draw without color but writing the color description of each object and form seemed to me…not worth the effort. But then…seeing your added colors and especially the brilliance in the shadow behind your model…..opened my eyes and thoughts to the beauty of this study! Thank you for stretching my mind to find such great insights through new ways of seeing!


  2. What an absolutely fascinating concept. It sounds very challenging, but I see from your post how you achieved it… Wonderfully!


  3. Thanks for sharing this unusual and interesting concept. Something I’d like to try sometime.


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