• Colour has a basic, instinctive, and visual appeal.
  • Although great art has been created in black and white, few artists have totally ignored the added visual interest that colour lends.
  • Our world today has been marked by the bold use of colour in every single area of everyday living.
  • We are now confronted with colour choices in all kinds of areas - from home appliances to bank cheques.
  • Because of this, every student involved with an area of study that involves any kind of
    visual communication must be concerned with the study of colour theory to some extent. Colour theory is an extremely complex science - the various light wave-lengths, colour/heat relationships, and colour intensity ratios.
  • Colour is actually a property of light - not an object itself. This was illustrated in the 17th century by
    Sir Isaac Newton.
  • In 1706, Sir Isaac Newton arranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple into their natural progressive order on a rotating disk. This became the first known colour wheel. As that disk was rotated in a spinning motion, the colours blurred together so rapidly that the human eye saw only white.
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