Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Working with Color - Painting Notebook

Hi All,

As usual I'm kind of spinning around trying to keep several things at once going, and not really making progress on any of them. :(

That being said, one of the things that came to mind after the Abdul Goldberg challenge was a lack of taking notes, pictures etc about the process of putting out a finished figure. So I'm going to try, again, to use the blog as an online repository for my notebook. Since I can't seem to keep a regular physical one.

One thing I've been thinking about again since reading Blue's excellent blog is the idea of picking color schemes. I don't pretend to understand color theory, but there are a whole host of websites that will help you. Since I have taken the plunge with Adobe I found this one, what's cool about it is that you can upload a source image and derive a color palette from it.

Here's a youtube video detailing how:

If you don't do Photoshop you can skip that part.

I decided to use this tool to figure out a palette for my Giant Cthulhu (who is still unassembled).

I moved the point that is displaying on the right of the color bar off of black to one of the dark blotches on the octopus body. Interestingly not too far off from the colors I used on the Eldritch Demon.

Anyway, I hope you find this resource useful. Happy painting!


  1. Now that's a clever bit of kit, very useful.

    1. Hi Michael, I thought it would be a great way to draw inspiration for color schemes. One could even put in photos of figures to try and get an idea of the shades used.

  2. Looks great Sean! Most of the time I take notes when I paint my figures. That's because I don't paint them all at the same time, and later on I can use the notes when I paint some more of them!


    1. Thanks Peter. I'm finding that I work best in groups of 5 or less and need to switch subjects to keep motivated. Not keeping notes makes this more difficult.

  3. Some good tips there. Thanks Sean.

    1. You're welcome Simon. Thanks for commenting.



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