Colour pallet, colour blind

Being partly colour blind definatly comes with some disadvantages. You can’t join the fire fighters, become a electrician or get a pilots licence. Thankfully though you can still be an illustrator, but you have to learn to work around it. For myself, I’m not 100% colourblind. I can see colours but tones of colour can merge into each other. If you have ten shades of blue all slightly different, I might only be able to see three or four. To work around this, I tend to work with specific colour pallets that I have created. This is so I can differenciate the tones and shades of what I need for a particular piece.

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For the past few months I’ve been working on a few different projects and as a result, I’ve very rarely taken one of my illustrations to final / colour. Taking influence from my textile designs, I have adjusted my colour pallet to include some richer colours. I’m still using my own stylisation and techniques but changing minor colour samples to push things forward. As a result, the textures are becoming more sophisticated and have a wider range. The illustration bellow (Star Girl), is one of the first illustrations with this new colour pallet and will be available for the first time at Manchester MCM later this month. If your attending I’ll be in the comic village so you’ll be able to see the new illustrations in print form (which are far, far better on 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper).

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