Weapon: WIP and Adventures in Colour Spaaaaaaace!

So I’m fairly ticked off. I make a painting, post it on the blog, stick it on Imagekind to sell, all goes well… until I see it on another computer.

Grey mud. Lost my pretty blues and yellows to the ham fisted colour overlord that is Windows.(apparently looks even worse on Mac!) So what happened?

Experienced Graphic Designers will know I fell foul of not setting up my colour space properly. What’s colour space? (did you even ask?) I’ll tell you anyway you poor buggers.

All the devices and software we use use their own set of colours to display an image, some have a wider range than others. So when something is produced in one place it gets reinterpreted when you import it or display it somewhere else. Many things share the same set of colours, but plenty don’t. You can also make a colour profile that travels with the image which smart apps and hardware can use to help get the colour as close to the original as possible. So I really should have been working in my destination colour space. sigh.

So now to a little test. Below is a comparison of the original image, and a new one with the colour space corrected. Now for me the new image is too gaudy in Firefox(the filthy liar), but in dedicated Windows apps it seems to match my Photoshop colours.

I thought I’d do the usual gif sequence so you can see how disorganised I was as the painting came together, but one step along the way merits a little extra attention..

Yup, frenzied scribbling!

I’ll often do this trying to get the feel of something without getting stuck doing details. It seems to work for me to get the main masses and directions working, or at least to grab that fleeting picture inside my head and dump it on the page. Anyway, here’s the work in progress animation, enjoy!

Now with working animation!

Toothy sneak peek..


Started drawing for my painting for the Paleo Project Challenge. I was enjoying drawing stupidly big choppers so I thought I’d share!

This painting is going to be the flip side of the Tarbosaur feeding paintings I produced for Dave Hone’s paper on Tyrannosaur selective feeding.

I other words, it’s an excuse to paint a giant scary monster doing horrible things rather than delicately nipping at the choicest bits of something that’s already missed the opportunity to have horrible things done to it!

 

War Paint: Styracosaurus

Argh! Angry spiky lizard parrot thing! Run away!

This guy has been slow going as I’ve been spending my days waving the digital brush at Blue Rocket Productions, so it’s been a little difficult motivating myself to do it all over again after the kids have gone to bed.

Styracosaurus has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid. The bizarre combination of spikes and scales and beak all brought together in a rhino sized bundle of weirdness is just so appealing.

My references were as wide ranging as Rhinos, Chameleons and Black Cockatoos, and of course some scientific literature about ceratopsian anatomy. I did play with the markings quite a bit before settling on the pattern you see for his ‘war paint’. I wanted to do something different to what I’ve seen elsewhere but keep it well within the realm of reality, so I found some great existing lizard markings which were similar and expanded on them to keep it functionally realistic for something this big…. I hope.

This painting started out as only a few gestural lines on paper, scratched down as I walked through the office on the way to do something else…The final image was already resolved in my head, and I knew I wanted to do it, but being time poor I didn’t want to lose it when I ran out of time and/or the next idea came stomping through and swept it away. It was almost like a post it note to do that thing, you know, right between doing the shopping and putting out the bins.

I’ve got another 3 paintings on the back burner, for those of you tired of seeing dinosaurs, at least one of them isn’t about large scaly extinct animals (it has an actual person and…uh…. angry clockwork monkeys!),  though I’ve committed to do another dinosaur pic before Xmas over here so it’ll be a little while yet before the blog sees something less dinosaurish!

Gabby’s Version..

Being a proud Dad of two fantastic kids Gabby(7) and Isaac(3) I wanted to post a little of their stuff every now and again.
I was particularly proud of Gabby’s take on my Technologist painting.(see below for comparison) Rendered beautifully on flouro pink post it note using the finest of cheap black ball point pens, my favourite bit would be the deadly bee ‘stinger’ on the top of the mechanical tentacle.

Here’s the original..

Kids are unfettered by too much logic or rational expectations, I love the ideas and concepts my two play around with on a daily basis.