Sylvia! I'm so blown away by your work! I want to know so much about your process, but I'll contain myself and try to keep this short! I was wondering if you could share some insight on how you pick your palette. I struggle a lot with just using local/literal colors, and I'm not sure how to break out of choosing brown for buildings, green for plants etc. Also can you share anything about the textures in your work? Are they made by your brushstrokes or do you add a texture to the piece afterward?
hi unmouse! aw thank you very much! Hmmm colors is really a hard thing, for me it’s very important to get a interesting color palette and try to come up with something new or different. actually something that helped a lot was doing film studies of different films, a lot of good films can also have great color palettes so I studied films like the good the bad and the ugly, godfather, 5th element, the graduate, Wong kar wai movies, etc, you can choose some off the top 100 movie list and that would probably be a good start. this exercise really helped me open my eyes to see different color palettes.
and I think breaking out of the colors that we are taught are standard like green grass blue sky, is about thinking that things can be any color you want. It’s like when you put a plant under a blue light in a dark room, it becomes a totally different color and it’s not just overlaying a blue color on top of a green color because eventually that gets muddy. That plant becomes its own separate color from blue and from green like maybe some kind of bright saturated blue or a desaturated teal depending on the blue light color. i think studying lighting on objects in real life also helped me alot, like painting things in different times of day.
For choosing specific color palettes like if I were to paint mountains in China or something, I do a lot of research. I love reference and I think it’s very important before starting a painting, that’s where inspiration comes from and it helps you make what you’re designing actually feel like it. I look at actual photos and see what makes it feel different from other places like specific tree types or how mountains form, and I pick and choose details and colors from there while making it my own seeing it through my eyes. Definitely always always look at reference!
I hope this answered your question and makes sense with my bad writing lol T_T I think color can become such a fun thing, it can be frustrating at first, but I hope this will help! thank you unmouse and good luck😊