I launched my portfolio building plan "15 Days 15 Dogs 15 Dollars" on Instagram this week. Starting July 15, I'll do pet portraits of 15 dogs, and their owners will have the option (but no obligation) to buy their pet's portrait for $15. I've still got a few spots left. Let me know if you're interested! My only warning is that your dog may end up looking slightly blue.
I started digging this color combo right about the time I saw this illustration of figure skater-turned-commentator Tara Lipinski on TheRinger.com during the Olympics:
I also love this mural on the side of Green Light Social in downtown Austin:
I like these illustrations because they've broken down and consolidated tones and shadows into about three or four different values, and then they've assigned unnatural colors to them.
I remember when my fabulous high school art teacher James Baker gave us a lesson on fauvism, the art movement that made use of unnatural colors, focused on balance of composition, and valued individual expression. "The Fauves" was a group of French painters that included one of my favorite artists, Henri Matisse. They painted in a way that allowed a color to do its job in a work of art without having to be true to the natural world.
Baker made us select a photograph and then had us assign different colors to the values within it. The lightest areas would be yellow. The next-to-lightest areas would be orange. The slightly darker areas would be red, and after that green, and then blue. The very darkest areas would become purple. We had to recreate our photograph using those colors substituted for those values. It felt weird, but it worked.
I was so blessed to have such an awesome teacher!