Monochromatic Harmony



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Definition: Monochromatic harmony is when the monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color.
"ColorLab: Color Harmony." ColorLab: Introduction. Web. 28 Oct. 2009. <http://colorlab.webespacios.com/colorharmony.php>.

Examples:

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This picture only uses blue but differentiates the colors by using shades or brightness. For example, even though only blue is used in this painting, there are at least three different types of blue used.

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This picture is also similar to the previous one. The painting only utilizes red as its main color; yet, there are color differences due to the level of brightness or shade. Some part is much darker than the other parts and some parts are much brighter than other red parts. These differences in shading and the brightness create different colors even though only one color is used.

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Cinematic Example
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300 clearly utilizes the monochromatic harmony in the film. For example, brown is used a lot in the movie as the main color to describe the surroundings that the characters live in. Moreover, the individuals have tanned bodies and these people blend into the movie by becoming parts of the nature around them. Since this is the case, the monochromatic harmony used in the film underscores the barbaric natures that the warriors have and make them look more stronger and supernatural. Not only is brown used in the movie, but blue is also utilized to describe a battle scene between a wolf and a man. This cold-looking blue emphasizes the tension between these two creatures and helps the viewers focus on the important factor.



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