have you guys seen my office?? this is where i character design hard
Whoa, all my poster designs! Cool!
Here’s Teri’s and my contribution to this year’s 5 Second Day. Enjoy!
Hey, friends! I’ve got work in the upcoming exhibition WES ANDERSHOW: An Artistic Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson! I’m suuuper excited to be involved in this – anyone who knows me even a little knows how much I love Anderson’s work, and I’m just as pumped to have my name next to the other artists who’re participating. It’s gonna be a great show! ♥
I’ll have a piece in this art show. Come see it on March 8th at Meltdown!
paintsano asked: Hi, I just want to know, what's your process for choosing colors for your RC9GN posters? I'm hoping to expand my knowledge in color theory. :)
Good question! It’s a bit of a process, and actually winds up taking me more time than the actual drawing. I hope I can explain it well enough…
First of all, you can probably tell already the colors I gravitate towards in general - bright, neon, a lot of purple.
But they’re almost never the colors I started with, especially on those posters. I’ll start just guessing what colors I might like to use, sometimes even starting more or less with the actual colors of the characters I’m drawing. Ultimately these initial colors don’t matter as much as the contrast they create - are the light areas of the character light enough? The dark areas dark enough? That’s all that matters to get started. Once all the “placeholder colors” are in place, I’ll sometimes spend hours tweaking the hue & saturation and adding a layer of a solid color or gradient over elements then trying all the different blending modes on that layer (“divide” is one of my go-tos), then doing a hue shift on that layer, too, to see all the different ways things could look. Basically try hue shifting everything and try adding blended color layers over everything, then hue shifting those color layers. I’ll do that over and over until I get something that looks interesting.
Hopefully that helps, but it’s ultimately a matter of trusting your gut and knowing when you’ve hit on something interesting during that process. After the colors are where I want them I might add some brush strokes here and there (highlights and shadows), and add more lighting with more gradient layers and blending modes.
But it’s not something I know in advance, it’s just a lot of tweaking hues, adding adjustment layers, then feeling out when I think it’s in a good place.
Some ancient Norrisville alleyways. These were designed by Andrew DeLange (who also went on to design BGs on Rick & Morty) and painted by myself.