Here’s the piece I’m contributing to the Wes Anderson gallery show at Meltdown (organized by Nico Colaleo). Check it out in person this Saturday from 7-10!
I felt a little weird doing a piece based on “Castello Cavalcanti,” but I really like it, particularly this shot. Also, I’m Italian American and used to live in Italy, so the setting is really nostalgic to me. As much as I love all of Wes’s movies (Rushmore is specifically my favorite movie of all time) I figured they’d all be abundantly represented already at the show, so “Castello” appealed to me as something different.
Anyway, this morning I realized maybe I’m not so crazy for choosing this scene when I saw this on the AV Club’s front page.
I made a new tumblr icon. Kinda looks like me, I hope?
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.
It’s that time of year again! Titmouse’s annual 5 Second Animation Night is this Friday at the Egyptian in Hollywood!
Come down to see this amazing and true documentary that Teri and I put together, along with countless other amazing (and usually weird) shorts! You’ll be amazed!
This one’s for weinerman-tested, who said that if she could pick one episode to have a poster for it would be this one. Well, technically it’s two episodes, but close enough!
Here’s the BG from the showdown between Tengu Howard and giant Sorcerer. This one was also designed by my wife Teri and painted by myself.
Guys these might be the last BGs I post from season 1 of RC9GN! I painted more for the finale, but these were my favorites.