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Monday, February 27, 2012

The Difficulties in Describing Color

Since I've been a bad, bad blogger I thought I'd give you a glimpse of the ball gown Michaela's wearing to the Fairy Ball:

From Sears. If I could fit into this, I would so wear it to RT in April.
Isn't it pretty? But that color... how do you describe that color without the reader thinking "Joker on a rampage through the jewelry district"? Or "Barney in a rainstorm"? Yes, it's pale lavendar mesh over mint green (with sparkles!), but the reader is going to think "purple" and "green" and...

You get the idea.
So I'll have to describe the effect the two colors have on one another just as much as the colors themselves. It's something I don't always get right, but I have beta readers who have no trouble asking me what the hell I was smoking when I came up with that idea.

"And I thought vegetarian vampires were strange."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Irredescent...?

Dana Marie Bell said...

Yup, that's what I've been getting, lol. And it is how I describe the dress in the book. I just found it interesting how difficult it can sometimes be to translate what I see in my head (or online, in this case) onto paper. I just hope I do a good enough job that the reader gets a similar image in their minds.

I also hope I don't do a bad enough job that they see Joker Goes To Prom. xp

Robert C Roman said...

Or "The love child of Joker and Hulk goes to Prom"?

Seriously, 'pale lavender mesh iridescing over a sparkling mint satin' doesn't make me think Hulk or Joker. Doesn't quite hit that dress in my mind, but that's cause I'd imagine it greener. I'd describe the under-layer as blue, not green (even if it IS green, it LOOKS blue).

but... Yeah. I know where you're coming from. I only JUST realized where I got the inspiration for a certain look from, and now I've got to go back and do a bunch of edits on something to make sure it fits what I was thinking of.

OldThyme said...

what about trying sea foam green and then somehow describing the overlay?

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