Scene from a lesser known Grimm fairy tale: Mrs. Fox's Wedding, in which she marries a fox with nine tails. Thanks! ~Erin Boe ([www.ErinBoe.com](link url))
As an illustrator, I struggle a lot with choosing colors. I've only recently explored using limited color palettes -- usually I just grab colors willy-nilly (I'm not formally trained and I know this isn't exactly kosher). I've got three books under my belt and I'm starting on a fourth -- and I want to get color RIGHT with this one.
How do you guys choose a color palette for your book? I'm familiar with sites like Color.Adobe.com, but this doesn't really help me -- I mean, how do you color an entire BOOK unless you have full range of the color spectrum? It's a book about camping and nature, so does that mean I pick out 3-4 greens and keep the book overall cooler, but limit my use of warmer colors to just a few, i.e. picking out one shade of red or orange and staying pretty consistent with it throughout?
I've scoured SVS but there really isn't anything specifically helping me pick a palette. There's a lot of classes and info on digital painting and what to do with your colors AFTER you've already picked a palette. The closest I found was one where Will Terry was painting a boy peeking into an attic that was cluttered with lots of stuff, and he kept his non-focal-point items a really dull/muted green/red/blue, while his focal point (the boy) was the same colors but brighter and more saturated. But now I can't find that video Any help is much appreciated! Thanks.
P.S. Looking at my website might help show my MISunderstanding of color. Basically I grab any color I want. The limited color palette project was the SCBWI banner I created which is located on my most recent blog entry: http://erinboe.com/blog/ and it was HARD to stay in that palette -- how do you do it for an entire book?!
@carey-bowden Thank you so much for this thoughtful reply!! I have about 10-15 books on order at the library right now for exactly this purpose. I think you're right about my overuse of saturation in my illustrations. I really appreciate that you took the time to look at my work -- and I think it might be as simple as muting things that aren't the focal point. Thank you so much.