Colour Script

Today we learnt about colour theory- something I am petrified of as I’m barely escaping my tonal training wheels.

Conánn talked to us about the difference in colour tones to create depth, through the use of both warm and cool tones. Warmer colours being made from oranges, yellows and browns, they give a more homy, cosier look to a scene. Whereas cooler tones, such greens, purples and blues, can either give a soothing look or a scary vibe to a scene.

I thought this colour script from ‘Finding Nemo’ showed this beautifully.

Video courtesy of FindingNemoFan2003.

The images in this video were all created by the designed Ralph Eggleston for the Finding Nemo movie (Pixar). For this movie he used pastels to create each script, giving a calming feel like the ocean would and a nautical look as the colours are smooth. The lighting looks almost angelic on the fish, giving a shimmer similar to what the water would give.

Movies, such as Finding Nemo and Hercules both use cool and warm colours to effect the atmospheres. In the ‘good’ or protagonist characters are show, warm colours like the oranges and reds are mixed to give a happier mood. Whereas when the mood turns sour, like the first few scenes with the barracuda attacking Merlin and Cora, the tones are cooler. Greys and blues are used to give a sense of danger.

Cooler tones for scenes of danger.

Darek Gogol is a name that Conánn introduced us to today, an artist behind the Prince of Egypt that he worked closely with. Although I couldn’t find images he created for the Prince of Egypt, I found some for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie he worked on. I really loved how his used the contrasting light and dark tones to give the feel of danger and death in these scenes, which was highly evident in the movie itself.

Above is a scene showing Gogol’s initial work against the final artwork.Compare this to Paul Lasaine, whos work is shown below. His artwork is more refined, more in detail showing a more finalised look. Whereas Lasaine has more of a paint like quality to his work, some in a very Monet style, with more focus on the colour and placement. This week we are to create these ideas from the tonal designs, I want to start with the more basic designs, demonstating the light and tone, gradually moving into the more detailed works.

More of the Monet flowing style evident in these two than the more refined below.


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