Friday, 29 March 2013

Swap! - Choosing Colours

Part of the Photoshop work I have been doing recently on Swap!, has involved designing the colours for the book. Some pages have fully illustrated backgrounds, but the ones that don't - the ones I have been cutting out - need my pastel paper replacing with a bold, flat colour.

To give the book an overall feeling of unity, the designer and I have to decide upon a colour palette: a limited range of colours to which I then restrict myself:

The trick is to distribute these colour backgrounds reasonably evenly throughout the book, whilst still making sure that each illustration has the best colour behind it, a colour that shows it off to best effect, but that also compliments any illustration on the opposite side of the page.

Quite often in this book, I have used two different colours to suggest a room, without actually illustrating one, as with this spread of the ballet class:

I like the contrast the technique creates between the textured pastel work of the characters and the smooth, bold colour behind. 


Susan Syddall said...

Thank you, Lynne, for sharing about the process you go through when creating your stories. My boys and I are big fans of your work! I love the way you've created the sense of a room by using two colours without having to actually draw the room itself. A great idea, which I'm looking forward to trying out with my drawings one day. Anyway, I just wanted to say 'hi' and 'thanks' as I've been reading your posts for a while. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to update and maintain a blog. But more than that, I'm learning so much and for this I thank you!

Lynne the Pencil said...

That's so lovely Susan. Thank you. Say hello to your boys from me. Good luck with your own work :-)

theartofpuro said...

Thanks for sharing your work process.Very usefull,always something to learn from your posts:)

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