anonymous asked:

Do you have any kind of process for picking colors for the backgrounds? They all seem to have really nice uniformity, and I would love to read up on how colors like that are picked (or if it's more intuition based). I do remember you mentioning that you also had help from another color lead before, so I was wondering how much of that they help out vs the colors you chose?

hey, thanks so much! this might get a lil long (as it always does!!) so bear with me.

firstly i want to say, there’s no right or wrong way to pick colors. every artist has their own palette they prefer and i think it’s super delightful to spend time developing your own special sense of color. so even though i’m explaining things in a “this is how you do it” sort of way, it’s not the only way! just my way. the best method to develop your own sense of color is to look at a LOT of art, look at a LOT of the world around you, and practice practice pratice.

at this point in my life i pick colors intuitively just because i think it’s something i’m naturally tuned into, and i’ve been doing it for a few years, so i don’t actively plan my palettes. but here are some things that i think about as i pick colors.

firstly, i want to go over hue, value, and saturation. i’m sure everyone knows these intuitively but i want to explain them in words. hue, value and saturation are what make up a color, and decide how colors differ from each other.

hue: what color the color actually is. red, purple, green, yellow, and everything in between.

value: how light or dark a color is. if you’re painting traditionally, adding more white or more black to a color lowers or raises its value.

saturation: how “pure” the color is vs how much neutral tone is in it.

here’s an example of all three:

this comes into play because a big mistake i see beginners make is that they pick a “just” color, and by that i mean they pick “just blue” or “just yellow”. imagine buying a set of oil paints and only using paints straight from the tube without ever mixing. it would be impossible! so i try to avoid picking “just” colors, except as for a complementary color (more on that in a bit). here are some variations of a red, for example.

so, the biggest thing for me when i pick colors is that i want them all to be friends. i want them all to have something in common so that they get along. i usually lose control of a painting when my colors feel to different from one another. so, i will usually start a painting with one color i know for sure i want, and “subordinate” other colors to it, meaning every other color i pick has to look good with that color. as to how you figure out what looks good and what doesn’t, that just takes time and lots of observation to build a personal opinion :) here’s an example from one of my paintings. in this case, the main color is the trees.

and here’s another from rick & morty, the main color is the sky this time.

now that that’s out of the way, i’m going to give you the Actual Cheat Sheet for color palettes. in color theory, there are 8 basic color schemes that are generally pleasing to look at. here they are.

i usually use an analogous palette or monochrome palette out of preference. the two examples above more or less fall into those categories. however, i also like to use split complementary because the complimentary color adds a LOT of contrast and visual interest. it’s great to use if you have a specific thing in a painting you want to draw attention to. here’s an example:

it doesn’t always have to be a perfect split complementary, just one color that differs from the “family” of colors that take up a majority of the piece. 

now! you might be wondering when’s the right time to subordinate a color, or where to put it, or how much of it to use, etc. and the answer is: CONTRAST. there is always visual interest in things that are different. i was rifling through my school notes and found these great types of contrast when working with color.

value: things that are light vs things that are dark.

hue: two colors that look different. I.E. yellow vs blue.

saturation: things that are saturated vs things that are desaturated.

proportion: note the example above. a majority of the painting is orange, so the green stands out because there is proportionally less of it.

temperature: things that are warm vs things that are cool.

complementary: red vs green, blue vs orange, yellow vs purple. when in doubt, these colors always contrast against each other because they have nothing in common (there is no red in green, etc).

simultaneous: this is a little advanced and i’m bad at explaining it, so please read up on it here. 

a super helpful exercise is to look at your favorite illustrations, paintings, photographs, designs, etc and assess which one of the 8 color schemes (linked above) it has, and which types (can be more than one) of contrast it has. we did this in school and it REALLY helped me look at color better. here’s part of the assignment i did, the artist is annette marnat.

so! that’s pretty much how i think about color and how i pick my colors! i hope it was somewhat helpful! there’s so so so so much about color theory i can’t even begin to cover, i highly urge you to watch some videos and read some books and articles to further your study. a great starting place would be this series of videos. these are made by my teacher Richard Keyes, i think he had a dvd or something. everything i’ve talked about so far i learned from him and he is an absolute expert in color. these videos are invaluable. if you take anything away from this post, let it be to watch these videos hahaha.

to answer your question about my color leads, every painting was a collaborative effort between the three of us, and sometimes other painters too. it was a very hands-on crew, so i can’t say any of the r&m bgs i did are 100% “mine”. however, i think my personal color sense is waaaay different than jason or phil’s, which made the process very interesting because we usually had 3 very different opinions hahaa. you can check out their work here and here to see what things they brought to the table in relation to my own contributions.

thank you for the ask! again, i hope this was helpful :)

Pokemon stans by generation

Felt like reposting my twitter shitpost….I fixed a few things from that version and also…I will MOSTLY list the main series games up to Sun/Moon (may update for Ultra Sun/Moon latero n). Feel free to add on the spinoff game stans, since I don’t rly know much about it

RBGY stan 

  • Either a genwunner or a genwunner hater there is no inbetween
  • Admits Kanto is a boring region but loves it unironically
  • Legit believed the Lavender Town creepypasta at some point their life
  • TPP was the worst or best thing to happen to gen 1…there also no inbetween for that topic

GSC stan

  • Will strongly deny the level curve in the game is unbalanced af
  • Has a massive postgame boner and judges future games based on postgame content
  • The biggest weeb in the fandom
  • Absolutely no chill

RSE stan

  • May hate/love water routes but when pressed, will probably NOT defend them
  • Will fight to the death that they have the best legendaries 
  • Team Aqua or Magma YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE ONE 
  • If they are a Blaziken stan, they will shit on anyone who likes Infernape and Emboar
  • Extremely mixed feelings on ORAS

FRLG stan

  • Probably a former or still a RBGY stan (many of the stuff about RBGY stans apply to FRLG stans)
  • You are either ok with or ABSOLUTELY HATE how you can’t get crobat until postgame

DPPt stan

  • CONSTANT “best starter” wars but if any other gen stan shits on them they will fight that the Sinnoh starters are the best overall
  • Has a crush on at least one gym leader/E4 member 
  • Cold weather lover - but their opinions on snow are mixed
  • Ironically likes the Team Galactic aesthetic

HGSS stan

  • HARDCORE GSC stan - p much a subset or offshoot of the GSC stans
  • Used to shit on DPPt for being slow but stopped after HGSS happened
  • Will call it the most flawless game and/or remake of a game

BW stan

  • Claims BW has the DEEPEST LORE/STORY and the BEST LEAGUE MEMBERS and will fight u for it 
  • But they will never defend the nonexistent postgame
  • Will defend Team Plasma but will never defend Ghetsis 

BW2 stan

  • “ITS BW BUT BETTER” and will fight over this
  • Unrepentant stans of Hugh and/or Colress
  • Unironically likes Pokestudio and Join Avenue
  • Lowkey stans BW too but is not as intense as they are with lore and such
  • Constantly fights BW stans because you disagree about which gen 5 game is better

XY stan

  • First to admit there is no plot in this game and that Lumiose city was a hot 3d mess to navigate through
  • Surprisingly likes all starters equally
  • Rival characters who? We dont know
  • Aesthetics or DIE
  • Probably had a crush on Sycamore and/or Lysandre at some point
  • Either loves or is confused about AZ’s role in the game
  • Was legit sad there was no Pokemon Z IT’S BEEN 3000 YEARS

ORAS stan

  • Probably was or is still an RSE stan
  • LOVES the Team Aqua/Magma redesigns
  • Can’t fuckin defend the lack of Battle Frontier in the game (they may try)
  • Zinna/Delta Ep apologist or hates them NO INBETWEEN

SM stan

  • EVERYONE is a stan for Lillie, Hau, Gladion and will die for them
  • “Kukui is hotter than Sycamore"   
  • Will deny having PTSD from any of the Island trials or actually breezed through all of them
  • *sees Hiker guy in Fire trial* me irl
  • *sees expressionless protag face* I am also dead inside. relatable.
  • Tropical aesthetic OR DIE
  • Lowkey thought megas were a mistake

the universe has moved for us

This painter’s palette was carved from a single piece of ivory and tinted with red and black stain. Six oval wells contain cakes of pigments including blue, green, brown, yellow, red, and black. The oval cartouche at one end encircles the throne name of the pharaoh, Amenhotep III.