Apr 21, 2009

Color Test

Fee-Fie-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

I'm working on balancing Jack's escape through the forest (greens and green lighting) with the giant's threats of violence (reds), while maintaining the clear treasure (golden goose).

Jack stopping for a break going up the beanstalk. I'm trying to keep this calm and cool, while not falling into the traditional blue sky/white cloud sky. The bark on the beanstalk was a little more purple, but Kali said it reminded her too much of the Incredible Hulk. I don't see why that's a problem, but it looks better now anyway.

Two of the Jack and the Beanstalk pieces are approaching their final colors. This is before any variation or tone is added, and before my lines are colorized. I just figured I'd post these because I'm pretty happy with them. There are sure to be minor variations here and there, and a couple of major lighting changes for the top one.

...and I just got done giving Daniel Krall's Illustration II class (which I TA) an assignment about mood in environments. I figure these better be pretty good so I prove I'm not just full of baloney.

If anyone wants to grab these and do major color overhauls for fun, I'd love to see what you come up with. It's always a blast to see what sort of color pallets people work with.


  1. Hi, I've been stalking you for like...two years, almost? via blog, but your work is most excellent. When you mentioned environmental moods, I was kind of curious what the assignment was. I wish I had gotten homework that focused more on area than on character because I feel like it is a neglected black sheep.

    Are you going to just put pencils over the colors? I wonder if the shapes and the vibrancy of the colors will drown out linework. But what do I know? The colors look really good. They're certainly unique, especially the colors for the trees. (I think they're trees.) Hm, sorry I can't be more constructive.

  2. The color on these onniz look great.

    Diego "bimnuk" garcia

  3. im all about different color sky's. sometimes i go al ittle bit overboard with it but lately ive been messing around with some cool warm color sky'. they are real neat.

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  5. you asked for it..


  6. very nice, looking forward to seeing how everything will come together!