Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tim Burton Split Complementary Palette




Last night after my wife and I put the kids to bed, we watched a bit of T.V. and I painted a bit more on my Tim Burton. I'm painting this with a Split Complementary Palette (see palette). For me painting with a "limited" palette makes sense, even more so when painting with photoshop. In photoshop, there is such a HUGE amount of colors to choose from, if you're not careful, it could be very easy to go nuts with your colors. By using a limited palette in this case a split comp. palette, you're automatically creating harmony within your painting, and from there you can bend or push those colors the way you want in order to make the painting work. It's amazing how much color you can get out of using a limited palette!

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16 Comments:

Blogger WeaselBoy said...

Hi Jason... you're working with Photoshop on this one... what about the Tom Hanks piece you're doing? (which is unbelievably great, by the way!) ...is it Photoshop too? ...it looks like Painter. If you're doing the Tom Hanks in Photoshop I've got to know what kind of brushes you're using! Keep up the great posts!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Thanks for the insight, Jason. I'm collecting these nuggets of information. Hopefully they'll sink in one day. Really appreciate it!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Thanks Weasel and Terry! As for your question Weaselboy, I do have Painter, but I haven't quite got a grasp on it yet and haven't had much time for myself yet to work with it. So with that, if I paint digitally, I always paint in photoshop. As for brushes, I use number 24 in the photoshop brushes, it's the one that looks more brushy . . . I have also created my own versions of it with textures and whatnot. Hope that helps?

9:03 AM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

I'm absolutely fascinated by the split comp palette - can't wait to learn more! I can see what you mean about creating harmony in the painting! super

10:01 AM  
Blogger WeaselBoy said...

Thanks Jason... it's good to hear I'm not the only one who can't quite figure Painter out... It's encouraging to see the painterly effects you are pulling out of Photoshop... I at least understand that program...

10:01 AM  
Anonymous asier said...

Amazing paintings Seiler! Amazing palette!! I have to try to reduce mine...

12:36 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

That's cool. So do you literally just use those three colours and white, or do you have some kind of earth tones too? How about black?

Looking forward to the Schoolism course starting next week!!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Thank you Tim, Weaselboy, Asier, and Dan! You should give it a go, you'll dig it! I'm looking forward to working with both of you, Tim and Dan, will be a great time.

Dan, as for your question, when I paint with a limited palette, I only use those three colors plus white and the darks within those colors. Hardly ever do I just use straight black, usually if I use black there's some color in it. All the color I need I can get out of those three colors.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Man man man!!! Just beautiful Jason! Thanks for sharing your color palette and info. I only use 3 colors when painting with acrylic or oils. It does help to limit the colors. Only drawback would have to be mixing time. I've actually thought about buying empty tubes and mixing all my primary and secondary colors to have at a moments notice. Photoshop sounds like a great idea to try this technique.

2:29 PM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

AWESOME post man. Thanks! And your Tom Hanks totally kicks butt.
And to answer your question, yes - I work on Backyardigans. It's awesome to know that the show makes its way into the Seiler home. I started work on season 3, which I think began airing about two months ago.

I apologize for all the cute, catchy songs. I don't write them!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Marcos Mateu said...

You sure nailed the guy!

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Walter said...

Jason,
I am a fan of your blog even when I don't really draw too much and my focus is in sculpture. But your work really inspire me to improve myself and always I keep looking and coming back.
Anyway, Color mixing in photoshop??!! Last night I spent a couple of hours trying it and it was really frustrating. I set my wacom table to pen pressure on the opacity, but not sure that is the right parameter. Is that the only thing you set or you play with layers and changing the blending mode to "color" or "multiply" ?

8:09 AM  
Blogger Larry Seiler said...

awesome, Jason...
you're makin' a fine instructor here...
nice work...nice demonstration on the palette!

love ya

daaaahd

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Cool, and Thank you! I plan on sharing more of what I do as time goes on, perhaps even some videos. Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Jean-Marc Borot said...

Ouais,
I think it's one of the best caricature I've ever seen !

I like this style, and the brush n#24 in Photoshop is really good (I use it, but not as good as you do)

3:36 PM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

GREAT ONE!!!!
Love the Tom Hanks picture also .:o)

8:04 AM  

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