Understanding the Meaning and Impact of Color in Human Thinking


Art is considered to be a form of creation that instigates the cpllaborative utilization of the different elements that improves presentation of the main subject. Relatively, among the elements that improve the artistic value of any particular creation is that of color. In the discussion on how color improved the comics industry, it was shown how the development of color definition in the process of printing defined the condition by which the market or the target readers responded to the release of the said printed materials. Around the globe, the production of comic-strips and the full magazines that feature stories under the said genre of narration have become a popular process of sending out a particular message to specific readers in the society.

Starting off with the addition and the subtraction of primary colors through hues and lighting effects in the creation of the figures in each comic strip, the manifestation of color psychology has been introduced and studied through time in relation to human reaction and interpretation of images. Notably, in the process of experimenting with colors, it was found out that humans responded differently based on how each color strategy was used in a specific comic presentation. There are instances when colors stand as symbolic representation of the main characters or the heroes of the story. On the other end, color schematics have also been used to represent the environment, at another aspect, it has also been used to manifest the emotional degree of the situation being suggested in the story within a certain panel of the story.

Playing with color has specifically allowed for the creation of new distinctive understanding in relation to how humans intend to visualize specific situations and specific conditions of the characters that are present in a particular story. What makes color distinction specifically effective is the fact that it has been used to improve the value of the story while also insisting on how and what the reader should think about the story being represented in each strip’s window presentation.


Color is deemed to be among the most important elements of arts and drawing. Through the years, print artists have explored the different conditions of utilizing color into their creation and making it the central factor that could bring about message to their readers. In the industry of comics printing, color was defined to be the life of the process. Notably, such life has improved the manner by which the readers responded to each particular presentation of stories. What makes color a specific source of distinctive understanding is that it provides a notion of visual interpretation for the readers to give attention to. For instance, the level of developing condition based on color utilization has improved the manner of human thinking regarding the symbolization of the different elements found in the story. One is that of the representation of the heroic characters and elements that provide an indicative distinction of the said idea on heroism.

Alongside the setting of symbolism comes the consideration over parallel distinction between the shapes and hues used to represent the whole story. The backdrops of each window as differentiated from the other occurrences in the story become more defined through the use of specific colors. This indicates the use of color as color itself. For instance, to suggest night setting, the dark colors are used to make indication of the hour of the day when the situation occurs. Flat colors often define flat emotions while flashy colors define strong emotions on the part of the characters represented in each phase of the story.


Overall, the lesson on color-definition and utilization in the creation of comic strips indicate a source of understanding especially in relation to making color-choices as representative elements of story-value. What makes this lesson indicative of how human understanding on color meaning is the idea that humans became more interested and more responsive to what the stories define in relation to the readers’ interpretation of each window. Making an informed understanding of a story based on the color utilization in each specific window of a comic strip allows readers to understand the meaning and the message of each story better. Through this process of interpreting story through color meaning readers become more entailed to relating themselves into the story itself. Giving meaning to each story line became more in depth and the distinction on how each reader may differ on interpretation from another became more common.

Creators of comic strips made it certain that the colors they used would help the readers find a more improved meaning on what the stories are about. Through the years, the improvement of comics creation through instilling color technology has been further defined through commerce and modern computerized innovations. Through the instantiation of these two elements of development in improving color technology, comic strip reading materials become more popularized both through print and online sources.


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