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First kind of (very, very,very) minimalistic piece I've done. Nothing really special, just playing with colors. It's also one of the few-and-far-between pieces that don't involve original characters. But speaking of colors, here's a little ramble (which is pretty much the sole reason for creating this piece)...




Ever since I arrived here on deviantART, I've learned so many things about art and I've made so many new friends. I've seen things that make my day, laughed and cried with people I've never met - and may never meet - in person, discovered so many worlds and created so many memories. But there is only one frustration keeps haunting me:

Nearly everyone I've met seems to have no grasp on elementary science.

When I start conversing about colors, it always gets to the point where we argue over whether or not black is a color and whether or not it's the absence or presence of it. I can tell you right now that it is scientifically proven and it's the irrevocable truth that black is the absence of all color and white is the presence of all color. However, that is not to say that black is not a color. Because, in a way, it partially is.

Let me explain...

Science 101: Light - and indeed, the universe - is made up of many, many colors. The human eye perceives color because the corresponding color of light reflects off of it. All others are absorbed. All colors of light reflect off of white. Therefore, white is the presence of all color. That's why, when you wear that color during bright summer days, it's nearly blinding and keeps you cooler than any other color (because light is also heat). Black, however, absorbs all colors and their heat, making you warmer. Why do things get darker at night? Because the sun's gone down and there's very little light left to reflect. Why is there blackness when you close your eyes? Because you've blocked the light from reaching them.

This is where we graduate to middle school. And by that, I mean the RGB scales we all played around with in Photoshop back then. RGB is based on additive color mixing - the same as light. Red, green and blue are the primary colors in this situation. When you push the red and green scales up to two-hundred fifty five, you get yellow. With green and blue, you get cyan. Blue and red, magenta. When you have all three to the max - adding all colors together - you get white. Take all of them down to zero, and you get black.

So why, when you mix all the pretty colors in art, do you get black? If black is the absence of all color, why do we use white as a blank canvas?

Because when you're dealing with pigments and art, you're dealing with subtractive color mixing. Yep, now we're dealing with good old RYB. Or CMY, if you want something more modern. See, instead of adding in all that pesky light, you're filtering it out. When you paint with cyan, you're filtering any red. Magenta, green. Yellow, blue. When you add all of them, you're filtering all the colors out. In a beautifully contradicted and simple wonder of nature, by throwing in more colors than you can shake a stick at and removing them at the same time, you're creating the color black.

This proves that all-encompassing argument around these parts that black is, indeed, the absence of all light.

I have rambled.

I have explained.

I rest my case.



Lightshow (cc) me, OfMusicandMayhem.
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Vivysnaps Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really pretty!
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OfMusicandMayhem Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, just a simple five-minute tinker. Wanted something to go with the rant. I keep getting people saying otherwise. >_<
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