Bizarre Facts About The Way We See Colors

Top 5 Reasons Why Colors Are Absolutely Crazy

We each probably think of colors as pretty simple. There's red, blue and green and the rest are made from those three right? Well...

Our minds conceptions of colors are all crazy. We see such a spectrum of colors that we have only just begun to understand how our eyes see them. So, here at the blogsquad, we'd like to stop and appreciate all that our eyes do to see the world in such beauty and color and present 5 insane facts about the colors we see. 

1. Everyone perceives color differently.

I'm not just talking about the colorblind people who cant see the number in the circle either:

We each see colors differently from everyone else. Colors are simply light reflected and refracted through cones in our eyes so there is no reason that my perception of the color blue might be different from your perception or mind's definition of the color blue


2. The color Red is very different to men and women.

Researchers from Arizona State University discovered that there is a unique gene that allows humans to see and decipher the color red. It turns out that the gene needed to see the color red is on the X chromosome. Since it turns out that women have 2 X chromosomes, Women can see different shades of certain colors such as red better than men. Where a man might only see the color red, women are better able to identify shades like maraschino, cayenne, crimson or maroon. That might be why we as men are so bad about picking out your shade of lipstick, ladies...


3. Pink has amazing calming powers. 


Pink has an amazing power to weaken and calm you down. For awhile, it was legal for football teams to paint the opposing team's locker room a shade of pink, called Baker Miller Pink, that calmed down opposing players so much, that the home teams were constantly winning. Baker Miller Pink is also called "drunk tank" pink because it can calm down violent prisoners in jails and has often been used as the wall paint color for solitary confinement. It is such an energy-sapping color that the heart muscles can't race fast enough to get aggressive or angry while looking at the color. It has such an effect, that even color blind individuals will be calmed by that shade of pink. 


4. The color Blue has been known to stop suicide

This one is really crazy. Back in the early 2000s, Japan had seen a ridiculous rise in the suicide rate in their country. In 2003 alone, Japan had a record number of 34,427 deaths due to suicide. The suicide trend had people choosing to end their lives by jumping in front of trains for some reason. This form of suicide was especially bad at Gumyogi Station in Yokohama. Tons of people were going out of their way to kill themselves specifically at this one train station. It was getting so crazy that japan had to do something about it so Keihin Electric Express Railway Co. changed the colors of eight lights on the ends of their platforms and the suicides suddenly stopped.


They stopped completely. The substitution of blue lights for the lights that were previously red. But the calming effects of the blue lights stopped that mode of suicide to the point that by the following year, there hadn't been a single suicide at that train station.

Blue LED lights have also been used in street lamps to shut down crime in high crime areas. It turns out that in addition to being a "calmer" color, because the color is so new and unusual, it causes people to act more cautiously as the blue LED lights remind people of a possible police presence. 


5. Red and Blue affect your Intelligence

It's been discovered that the colors red and blue can affect your intelligence while taking tests. Studies show that people taking IQ tests after seeing the color Red do a good deal worse. Since the color red tends to make people feel cautious, seeing the color tends to make test takers more nervous and second guess their decisions. 

The color Blue on the other hand tends to inspire creativity so that test takers typically do better during tests that stimulate their creativity. Seeing blue puts people in a more cool and thoughtful state instead of the color red which puts people into a state of more high alert. Red was shown to better help people in situations that involved editing or proofreading because the color makes you more attentive and pay more attention to detail. 

Want to learn more about colors? A Color Wheel is a great instrument to teach you more about the relationships and harmonies between colors. 


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5 Ways to Improve Your Drawing

Try these Tips When Putting Pencil to Paper

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw better? Get bogged down hitting the same roadblocks over and over again? Think only repetitive practice makes perfect? 

Guess again! While it is true that practice will make you a better drawer or sketcher, these 5 simple tricks will improve your drawing skills quicker and improve your perception to better see what your drawing.



1. Make a Grid

This is especially important if you suffer from not being able to proportion out your sketches properly. While keeping your proportions straight for more realistic images, measuring out a square grids can keep you in check. 

First measure out a square grid over the image you plan on copying on your own paper, then copy that same grid with the same measurements onto your drawing paper or sketch pad and then simply try to draw that identical image from square to square. This trick also makes the image as a whole less daunting and intimidating by breaking down the different sectors. If your image paper and your sketch paper are the same size, then the image you create on your grid should match up. If you use a light shaded pencil on your grid, you should be able to erase them later with a great eraser like the Vanish 4-in-1 Artist Eraser

Skip the step of measuring out your own sketching paper with the Artist Survival Book which contains gridded paper for easy sketching.


2. Build Out your Sketches with Shapes

If you have trouble with complicated subject matter such as animals, people or random items, then start out by breaking down your subjects with basic shapes and draw them onto your paper before tackling the more complicated aspects of your drawing.

Draw lightly and then you can erase and replace the big shapes with more defined lines as you continue to sketch the fine details. This will help ease the frustration of getting bogged down on small details while helping you gain perspective on the general form. See the video below for more instruction on this.



3. Try Gestural Motion Drawings


We have covered this one before in our previous article, Practice with Gesture Motion Drawings, but this technique really can improve your drawing quickly. By capturing motions of people or animals, you can quickly gain a comprehensive perspective of how different forms, bodies and muscles move and react in motion. Spend less than 2 minutes visualizing and drawing the motion of something that interests you disregarding details and focusing only on form. This will help you in the future visualize how different bodies move in motion and and loosen up drawings and portraits. By getting a better idea of a base form, you wont be restricted to sketches that look stiff, boxy or contrived.


4. Switch Up your Drawing Utensils

Sometimes the medium you prefer most such as pen or charcoal can be a bit restrictive. By changing up your drawing medium every now and again, you can find that you can achieve new effects or styles of drawing. If you are tired of drawing with ball-point pen, try a large pencil like Jerry's Jumbo Jet Black Pencil for a softer, blended effect on your sketches. Or if you use a dull number 2 pencil when you sketch, try using a sharp technical pen such as the Isomar Technoart Technical Drafting and Drawing Pen for crisp sharp lines that will give your drawing a more technical and refined style. You may even find that you like one style over the other!


5. Draw Everywhere

Get out there! Draw in your free time wherever you are. Draw on the bus, the train, at lunch, when you wake up and before you go to bed. I know this sounds a lot like "practice makes perfect" and technically it is. But by varying up your subjects, where you draw and when you draw, you can learn a lot about the different ways you draw. Maybe, you can draw better in the morning when you feel more organized. However, you might find that you can sketch better in the evening when you're a bit more relaxed and unwinding from the day. It's possible you can be more inspired drawing from real life than from a printed out picture or photograph. You can only learn these things by constantly drawing and gaining new experiences. As your experience grows and your drawing subjects vary more and more, you will get better, I promise you that!

There is hope for us all to learn how to draw better and if you have any drawing tips that we've missed or you'd like to share, leave them in the comments below!

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