Many people automatically assume that once you admit to being color blind, you are only able to see the world in black and white. While this may be true for a small fraction of people, the majority of color blind people only have trouble seeing certain colors. For me, the colors which tend to cause trouble are blue/purple, red/green, yellow/orange, and green/brown. Normally this wouldn’t be such an issue, but having an artistic side makes this issue much more difficult to manage.
It wasn’t until High School when things started to become irritating, and most of that was caused by my art teacher. I was told early on that it would be a problem for me to pursue a career in art due to the fact that I was painting my oceans purple, and my skies pink. The teachers negative influence got under my skin to the point where I actually gave up my artistic journey. It wasn’t that bad of a decision since it led to me focusing on a music career instead, but it still remains a decision I regret.
Years later I returned to the art world when I took interest in graphic design and creating web pages. It took a lot of training but soon I became familiar with the numeric values of colors, which helped identify them without relying on sight alone. I was able to implement that knowledge into software like Photoshop and Dreamweaver for use in both graphic and web design projects.
Eventually my understanding of color blindness shifted from being a problem, to more of a unique solution. It allowed me to be more expressive and stand out from whatever trends other designers would follow. Once I decided to embrace being color blind, I was able to let go of that pressure to create accurate colors, and pursue a style all my own.
Art is subjective to the person experiencing it, and there are plenty of artists out there who adhere their creations to standard color schemes. If you are color blind and trying to pursue a career in art, use it to your advantage. Being a color blind artist means that you are part of a small percentage of people who get to share their view of the world through a unique pair of eyes.
Any time you compare yourself to anyone else, you will always find negativity. Everyone is made to be different, and embracing those differences is what makes us unique. What you may consider a hindering disability now, may one day be considered a fortunate gift. So don’t waste your emotions on looking for faults, and rather look for ways to share what makes you so unique with the rest of the world.