As we all know, artists are free spirits. The creative process more likely relies on instinct and intuition, rather than calculation or analytic knowledge. Although one may argue that there are rules and logics to base on in terms of sketching and composition, when comes to colors, it becomes an entirely different matter. On of the greatest 20-century artists Wassily Kandinsky once wrote: “Each color lives its mysterious life.” Mixing paint colors is more like a freestyle cooking process. Artists, bearing a vague vision of the color they want to use in mind, will throw in a little bit of this, a little bit that and keep mixing various colours on their palettes, until they find the perfect combination. “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings”, Kandinsky states, “The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” It’s a visceral and private experience. But the problem is, even if you finally found/created the perfect mix, it is hard to preserve or recreate the same kind. As a result, a lot of the artists are struggling with this issue.
We want to change the situation via technology and the power of engineering. We want to invent a mechanism that will not only identify the color but also generate the “recipe”, i.e., the Hue-Saturation-Value as well as the percentage of each different color used in the mixing process, and help the artist to recreate that one perfect tangible colour via pigments in real life.
According to our research, although there are many color recognizer/sensor applications, they are applicable to digital platforms only. Even with apps such as RealHex that can identify colors in real life environment, it can only provide Hex numbers and RGB values. With our prototype, we hope to help artists who are still working on physical canvas to recreate real colors. And that will be our unique selling point since as far as we know, there is no one else on the market who is able to provide the same function. Furthermore, by using Cloud technology, we want to build a database as well as a online community that allow artists as well as other users to store and share their creations as well as the recipes of making them with fellow art enthusiasts.
We believe it has commercial values. have their own color scheme We can corporate with color paint manufacture companies to reinforce their brands as well as strengthen and increase their own costumer base by providing database service and a online community platform. Furthermore, since this technology, when fully developed, can be used in interior decorating and industrial design fields as well.
COMI group members:
Developers: Cong Lu, Bowei Zhang
Aritists: Yung Ching Peng, Yuanjing Guo
Marketing&Business: Yue Chen