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A Close Look – Color Media

Color Media © I-Hsun Wu

Color Media © Mesa Schumacher

Still Life. Color Media. © Rachel Bedno Robinson

Great places to start learning about our Portfolio Categories are the Sample Portfolio page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/sample-portfolio/ and the Admissions page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/admissions-2/. Let’s take a look at the Color Media category.

In the Color Media Category, the faculty are looking for “an accomplished use of transparent watercolor, opaque paint media, and colored pencil. Landscape and still-life subject matter rendered in a representational manner should demonstrate accurately matched colors creating form and depth. The main aspects are the understanding of light on form and the skill of direct observation from nature.”

Notice in the Color section of the Sample Portfolio a variety of media and distinctive personal styles are shown, yet all examples also accomplish the goal of the category – accurately matched colors creating form and depth. Most are still life and landscape, but we occasionally also see wonderful portraits, animal studies, and figures rendered in color. In addition to good proportions and accurate perspective, these pieces have cast shadows and reflected color adding to the illusion of three dimensional objects depicted on a flat surface. All also were created while directly observing the subjects/objects depicted avoiding photo reference.

Color Media © Christopher Smith

Color Media © Nicholas Reback

While the faculty like to see watercolor, opaque paint (oil or acrylic) and colored pencil, the color work in the Sample Portfolio contains a broader range of color media. It is important to show the faculty your best work that meets the goals of the category. If your best color work from direct observation is in a medium other than watercolor, please include your best work. We often see color pieces in oil, acrylic, pastel, gouache and even digital media that is used in a very painterly manner.

As with all portfolio categories, please avoid medical, anatomical, physiological or similar subject matter. Our faculty create, teach, and most importantly critique art of this subject matter for a living. Naturally, they are more critical of this art than art of any other subject.

I’ll be posting about another portfolio category soon. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – medart-info@jhmi.edu or Request Information.


Thank you for your help with this post Cory!

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