Compose a series of drawings that carefully capture the HUE AND TONE of a façade. Accomplish this by carefully constructing a line drawing of the elevation and overlay a grid of at least ten units by eight units upon this. Fill each square / rectangle of the grid with a single color found within that area.

To achieve the best color, use layered build-ups. In each square, use the dominant color found in that location. How does ambient lighting affect the overall color, as well as minor details within? Provide enough detail of the background so that the context is recognizable behind the color grid. How does simplifying complex color change the readingof a façade or space?


  • detail
  • flattened tonal color through careful color mixing


  • gradual build-up of color
  • relationship of hues within a context


  • over-simplification
  • gradient
  • perspective

Frequently a sense of place is determined by the materials, lighting and color of the elements found within a space. Looking closely at how color is made using layered and adjacent hues and tones can assist in defining the quality of that place.

This series is intended to aid in that understanding, as well as how mixing different colors can achieve compositional harmony.

Complete at least two drawings per location, taking your time to achieve clean color mixing techniques.