One artist that I like that has a distinct and interesting use of color is Daniel Corey. To me, his paintings always seem to have an underlying illumination to them, even without a wide range of values. I wanted to take the colors from one of his paintings, and use them on the bear. Dan graciously gave me permission to do this, and even provided his color palette.
For the color scheme, I used one of Dan's paintings that had distinct warm and cool color areas.
The Last Of The Monhegans
Dan uses the Phthalos, distinctly powerful little blue and green jewels that can be color bullies against the stouter but less intense cadmiums if not reined in a bit. The Phthalos are not normally on my palette, so using them was a learning experience in and of itself.
I wanted to use all of the major color spots in Dan's painting on the bear, even the greens of the shrubs. Since the bear lacks shrubbery, they had to be added in where value permitted. I used my high tech Index Card Color Isolator to examine all of the color variations.
Color Copycat Bear
A fun, thought provoking exercise that pulled me out of my habitual comfort zone of color use.