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Color is Relative from Dick Nelson

by gabemott on July 27, 2011 · 0 comments

You may recognize the smoosh in the video below. This is the source and inspiration for all the content at Dick Nelson who created this video and more at his vimeo channel studied with Josef Albers in the 1950’s. We are fortunate now that he is posting educational videos that illuminate our color sense.


I n a previous tutorial I showed how to use the illustrator blend tool to create arrays. In this tutorial you are shown in the first five minutes the power, purpose and point of the matrix and in the second half you are shown how to create one yourself in illustrator.


In this video, Richard “Dick” Nelson takes the time to explain one of the most commonly misunderstood art series of all time: Josef Albers “Homage to the Square”.


How I fell in love with color: Color Movie

February 13, 2011
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How to Play

September 27, 2010
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An explanation of why the eyes seem to see a color dependent on what is around it will follow, for now, a fun way to interact with

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Franklin: Come to your Senses!

August 16, 2010

I was asked by Dick Nelson to summarize my experience of his most recent class. At the same time, Franklin asked me to Come to my Senses! Following other presentations on the senses, I shared revelations on the interaction of color that I learned in Nelson’s class and explained some of them using biological insights […]

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Tutorial for Cudra: Adobe Illustrator, making arrays

July 20, 2010
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I tried to come by Cudra’s studio to show her how to make blends using Adobe Illustrator but didn’t have time. I thought others might benefit from this tutorial as well. Creating an Array is the start to creating artwork that leverages the beauty of halation. Arrays are simply blends of colors created in equal […]

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32 Poles

October 1, 2009
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With 32 Poles, I was going for a much more subtle effect than in the 3 other pole pages. By using a blue and orange that are complements and are closer in value and as well using a greater number of poles, the steps are more subtle and the effect is more powerful. Almost the […]

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