Monday, April 11, 2011
The Answer! : Man of Mystery pt 2
The final colour.
In my last blog I showed 2 finished vbersions with different colour work and was uncertain about either so I put the word out on twitter so that I might get some advice. and I did.
The first word was from Lucas Seigel:
"The second one is WAY better. The first one features the explosion more than it does the hero."
"Great!", I thought. That's the direction I'd been leaning too. Perhaps my insticts were right.
But then Amber Love came in with:
"I respectfully disagree with Lucas on this one. I think the explosions call for more dynamic colors."
"I normally prefer subtle colors for large outdoor scenes but in this case, it's explosions and I would say the first version has more energy behind the fire. It makes a bit more dynamic with a stronger sense of the movement. "
Things went on like this where I would get a vote for version 1 and a vote for version 2 and most would go on to explain why they felt that way. They were all good reasons and for a while it stayed 50/50, but eventually version 1 started winning out by a great number.
But then I started considering the reasons they were giving. Lucas who chose version 2 said:
"not necessarily brighter, but maybe a little richer color on Answer, specifically on the mask, to make that pop a little more."
and then I heard from Andy Jewett who chose version 1 who said:
" I almost kind of wonder if you could go with an even more saturated color palette. For fun push the colors a little harder."
That's a partial quote from a larger conversation, but he was talking about the character more than the background. So it occurred to me that I had 2 people with 2 different choices but seeing the same weakness; The character itself should pop more. I noticed that opinion echoed in some of the other comments. Clearly I needed to come up with a third option where I enriched the foreground character so it wasn't being upstaged by the explosion. This should allow me to keep the explosion vibrant giving it that kinetic energy I wanted. "...more dynamic with a stronger sense of the movement. " as Amber described it.
This is what I came up with. I added a little contrast with the mask, belt, gloves, and boot, but also added more colour. Not simply a stronger saturation of the blue in the outfit, but the reflective colours from the explosion. a stark orange and yellow highlight and hits of magenta to give it a little colour depth.