Thursday, April 26, 2007

Colour Keys

A personal assignment I gave myself: to come up with an environment and do a few different keys for it. I just wrapped up a television series at work, where I was one of three colour key guys. We didn't always have the time to explore different possibilities, so this was like therapy.

37 Comments:

Blogger GhettoFab said...

Simply beautiful Marco! Wow!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Calvin Tsang said...

Beautiful studies. Love to see more.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Mark Montague said...

Very atmospheric.

You can almost hear the mosquitoes in the first one.

2:22 AM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Therapy seems to suit you! In a good way! These rock! Amazing lushness to these!

2:40 AM  
Blogger Fabrizio said...

The blue one looks very scary!
I like this post very much. It's so useful... It makes you think about the different moods you can communicate with illustrations and colours.

Ciao

Fab

4:28 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Sweet man, may favorite are the top and bottom, great work!

7:55 AM  
Blogger !LEON! said...

Great studies it really gets you into thinking about color theory.

8:35 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Really interesting! I love how the shadow of the tree across the water even changes places.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Maxetormer said...

Yo!! if you like painterly brush strokes you are going to love
this guy, oh and bw GREAT color
and designs!!

http://www.zhaomingwu.com/

8:11 PM  
Blogger Scott Altmann said...

These are really strong - diggin the atmosphere in the last one especially. Makes me want to try something like this out -great stuff!

12:43 AM  
Blogger Richard Oud said...

Great stuff.. I love the top one the most! It has a warm kind of atmosphere!

1:48 AM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Thanks for the comments guys!

Maxetormer - Wow, I have never seen his work before. I LOVE it. I'll be checking his site a whole lot.
Thank you!

11:30 PM  
Blogger ken said...

hey man, your work is awsome. very cool

7:04 AM  
Blogger shou' said...

Lovely enviroments.

I'm really stoked about your oil paintings. I'm ashamed to say I've never heard of Morgan Weistling until now. Thanks for the link and sharing your work.

Have you ever tried working with a regular gessoed canvas before with your oil paints? The added texture from the gesso could create a interesting amount of depth to your pieces unless you prefer a smooth surface.

I look forward to seeing more of your work, especially the oil paintings.

9:25 AM  
Blogger phc said...

your blog is very cool...i love your works, they are very interesting...

roby

10:49 AM  
Blogger Kevin Keele said...

Fantastic work! Each one has a different mood to it.

3:33 PM  
Blogger LauraBraga said...

Hi Marco.
Awesome studies.
I love cold colors, so i prefer the blue one... very creepy!!!Eh-eh-eh!!!
My best compliments!!!

Laura:)

4:29 PM  
Blogger mike said...

that is awesome. they all evoke such different moods.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Dillon Thompson said...

Wow!! I can't believe how broad your skills range. Thanks alot for the coments.

Always love visiting!!

11:18 PM  
Blogger bog_art said...

Amazing therapy.. and cheap too..

9:22 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!! AWESOME! beautiful!

5:53 PM  
Blogger ryan said...

these are really nice, great colors

7:10 PM  
Blogger RoB said...

Beautiful colors and moods! AWESOME!

~!WoOtWoOt!

1:22 AM  
Blogger tom said...

Great inspirational studies!

2:56 AM  
Blogger Liliana C. said...

Ooh... is beautiful! I like all but especially the first.

Regards.

5:00 AM  
Blogger caricaturas said...

I like the top one the most Marco.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

This is a nice job of capturing mood and time of day -- pleasant times of day.

10:20 PM  
Blogger carlos preto said...

you have amazing painting skills i really like this one!! oh and the don cherry painting hahaha is freakin awesome! really nice work!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Shuku said...

Marco! That looks just GORGEOUS. Though...what are colour keys and how do you go about them? *said the oh-no-sideways ex-ballerina, scratching her head* It looks like an exercise I could make myself do in future for values...

--Shuku

6:32 AM  
Blogger Kyle Marshall said...

whoa nice little personal assignment, these look really good

7:06 PM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Thanks again folks!
Shuku - Colour Keys are typically used in animated filmmaking, to 'key' out the moods for different scenes, through colour. Sort of like how an animator has to feel out a character, a colour key artist needs to be able to feel the visual weight of colours and lighting in a scene. That's why I tried to do three distinctly different moods with this one.
Colour keys are generally no bigger than thumbnails, just to keep them quick and to the point. You definitely don't need detail to establish a mood. Try some for yourself - I find them to be awesome fun, and great excersize for the visual memory.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Ana Banana said...

Wow! YOU have amazing work and a real treat to the eye, too! Talk about good color...yours is beautiful! Thank you for visiting, Marco!

10:59 PM  
Blogger SIM-R said...

Beautiful stuff Marco .

2:45 PM  
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1:49 AM  
Blogger P A R I D H I.P said...

Amazing work!!!
I wish i could paint like u .
interesting colour keys.
I am totally inspired with ur Paintings.

1:50 AM  
Blogger ELiza J├Ąppinen said...

Really great colors. Very deep effect in all of them.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Talita said...

I love them!
:)

8:46 AM  

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