Thursday, 25 March 2010

Pirates colour studies

These are a bunch of 15 minute colour studies from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Movie shots are carefully framed and colour designed for story-telling and mood so it's a great study resource for all the beautiful images you might want.

It's funny how the more you learn about something the more you realise how little you know. Back in the days when I started colouring digitally I knew very little about colour theory, or light for that matter, but I knew what I liked so that made me confident in my colour usage. Since then I've gradually caught on to the complexity of the world of colours and light, which all of a sudden made it into something rather difficult.

Colour is one of those shifty topics where rules are rarely general and things are judged on a case-to-case basis. There's a lot that could be said about it, but the piece of advice that I keep stumbling across is "When all else fails, go by what looks right". 

There's a great resource for pre-captured movie stills here - Leave me the white


Fehed said...

Really dig that colour study :) some fantastic choices for scenes to paint there. Chuckled at Barbossa's expression in the last shot, captured really well XD

nana said...

Thanks man, Pirates is such a great movie, lots of juicy scenes to choose from! Haha I dashed in the face when the time started running out so it looks pretty cartoony. :)