Category: Colorblind Artist

Top 10 Links for Colorblind Artists

10. Causes of Color
This site will explain the different types of colorblindness. It is a great starting point for people who have no idea how or why colorblindness occurs.

9. Color Vision Testing
Want to take a test to see if you are colorblind? Take a look! And beware of the crazy image in the upper right corner.

8. Color Helper Software
This is a fat client (installed on your PC) software app that will open a new window. Within that window you can select a color or color range and the software will help you identify those colors.

7. Sim Daltonism
Got a Mac? Sim Daltonism is a color blindness simulator for Mac OS X. It filters in real-time the area around the mouse pointer and displays the result — as seen by a color blind person — in a floating palette.

6. Design for the Colorblind
In keeping up with the W3C website accessibility standards, this site explains some things that you can do to ensure you site is colorblind friendly.

5. Interview with a Color Blind Artist – Royce Deans
This is a good read about a colorblind artist who overcame his ‘disability’ and actually hangs his art in McDonald’s restaurants. NSFW Warning: Nudes.

4. Colorblind Painting Experience Methodoly (.PDF)
This paper was authored by J. Giribet and talks about being a colorblind artist and techniques to ‘correct’ improper colorations in his art.

3. ColorBlindArtist @ Blogspot
This is a seldom updated blog, but has some quality posts about another colorblind artist. I encourage you to write the author and ask that they continue to contribute their knowledge.

2. Colblindor
Daniel Flück deserves big props for keeping people in the know about colorblindness. Not only does he blog about his disability, but also about technology and how it changes the colorblind topography.

This web filter is a great way to expose your audience to what they see vs. what you see. I have often launched my online shop with and without the filter to show people the difference.


Software That Helps Colorblind

Being a colorblind artist can be pretty frustrating. If you are an artist then you know how tough it is to paint the right color of flesh tone. Too much red and the person looks fake, too little red and the person looks like a stone cold corpse. Perhaps that is why I don’t paint people often, and when I do, I paint them in black and white.

Back when I first found I was colorblind I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that what I saw, what I painted, was not what most of the world saw. After several months of wearing my ‘rose colored glasses’ (my red-lens color correcting sunglasses) I started to resent the world I saw. Eventually I settled back into a sense of security in what I saw and accepted my sight as the truth to my minds eye. Forget everyone else. I’m happy with what I see. So there.

Enter eyePilot.

This software, available for both Mac and PC opens a window frame over your desktop and allows you to select certain colors onscreen and see like colors. For example, if you cannot see the difference between Dark Blue and Dark Purple then you could select either color and the software will show you the difference. This will not help you learn color, but may be helpful if you were viewing an intense color map from NOAA or a subway map of the Metro.

So how would you apply this to your art?

Well, to be honest, I haven’t found a way just yet. I suppose if I were painting a Mystery Wrasse or a Harlequin Tusk I could use the software to figure out if the colors I see are truly blue or purple.

Mystery Wrasse from Reef-Lilfe.comHarlequin Tusk from

Images curtsey of Travis Staut of

But to be honest, I really don’t give a damn to go though that much trouble. And to my amazement the people who appreciate my art don’t care either.

More on the Colorblind Artist

As most of you already know I found that I am a colorblind marine artist. I found this article on about colorblindness.

How do things look to colorblind people?
Color blindness is typically a genetic condition, and it is much more common in men than in women. Approximately one in 12 men has at least some color perception problems. Less common, acquired deficiencies stem from injury, disease, or the aging process. Also, although not called “color blindness,” when people age, their corneas typically turn yellowish, severely hampering their ability to see violet and blue colors.

How do things look?

Many people think anyone labeled as “colorblind” only sees black and white — like watching a black and white movie or television. This is a big misconception and not true. It is extremely rare to be totally color blind (monochromasy – complete absence of any color sensation). There are many different types and degrees of colorblindness – more correctly called color deficiencies.

People with normal cones and light sensitive pigment (trichromasy) are able to see all the different colors and subtle mixtures of them by using cones sensitive to one of three wavelength of light – red, green, and blue. A mild color deficiency is present when one or more of the three cones light sensitive pigments are not quite right and their peak sensitivity is shifted (anomalous trichromasy – includes protanomaly and deuteranomaly).

Read the full article here.

Colorblind Marine Artist?

Yes, you heard it right, I’m a colorblind marine artist. It came as a shock to me when I first found it out. I began wondering if the art I have created looks the same to everyone else as it does to me. Then I began contemplating whether to stop painting certain colors or not. I started looking at my art, and the world for that matter in a different light. Could it be that my eyes have been lying to me my entire life? I recall coloring a picture for a contest in grade school of the new community pool. The scene depicted an arial shot of the pool, full of kids splashing and having a great time. In fact, I actually drew wet footprints on the concrete of one kid who had to run to the bathroom! I thought it was pretty darn clever! My teacher, however, scoffed.
“You know, water isn’t purple!” she said.
Huh? Purple? You mean I spent all morning coloring my masterpiece, the one that was to win me and my friends season tickets to the new community pool, the COLOR PURPLE??!!
And so it begins. Both my love of the water and with art. For the next twenty years I couldn’t really tell the difference between blue and purple, or certain greens from brown, pink, grey, or yellow. I took an online colorblind test with my wife recently and found that I do infact see the world different from her.
If you are interested in seeing my art through my eyes, click here:
Colorblind Artist: What I See.