Writing about colors, art and other things.

  • Wernham HoggA color palette consisting of: #FBFBF8, #F1EFE4, #CEC69D, #917777, #778077, #363429,

    Wernham Hogg


    I started watching the UK version of The Office this weekend, so I made a color palette inspired by that. The method I used to get the base colors was similar to the one I used in my previous palettes: taking screenshots, compiling them into a Sketch document, picking notable colors out of them. I noticed that these colors were overwhelmingly gray, and I think that's part of what makes that show so bleak.

    When it came to actually making the palette, I tried a new method. I was reading Rob Waychert's approach to making a color palette for his site, and I wanted to try it out. I started by making a grayscale palette with sufficient contrast between elements:

    Initial Grayscale Palette

    Then I arranged some of the colors I picked out in a similar way:

    Initial Color Palette

    In my previous palettes, I tried to keep properties like hue and chroma similar, but I couldn't keep them exactly the same using the Sketch color picker. Eventually, I stumbled on a workaround: blending modes.

    Using the grayscale palette as a mask, I set different blending modes on different squares. The two on the left use screen, the three in the middle use lighten, and the one on the right uses multiply. The result of these two palettes combined is what you see below.

    Combined Color Palette

  • RGBYA color palette consisting of: #001A10, #62B68C, #F4FFFB, #F6AA2C, #F34B92, #4B58F3,



    That's right, who said these all had to be 5-color palettes? This palette came from some of the other colors that I collected for WAVE.

    One of the things I tried playing around with was hue and chroma. A good explanation of these can be found in Color Theory for Designers – Part 2 on Smashing Magazine. For the three greens, I tried to keep the hue similar, but I adjusted the chroma, making them darker or lighter. For 3 accent colors, I tried to keep the chroma the same, but I adjusted the hues.

  • ScrumbosA color palette consisting of: #EE89B5, #384771, #D3F3BE, #E49F5D, #3F3738,



    This palette is pretty much an excuse to talk about Goodbye Forever Party. It's a short animated film by the creator of Rachel and Her Grandfather Control the Island, which I also enjoyed. Goodbye Forever Party is a story about a person dealing with depression with some dark comedy mixed in. It's not the kind of thing I usually look for, but this one really stuck with me. In addition, the creator posted a making-of video, and the amount of craft and work that went into it really inspired me to work on my own art.

    This palette uses four colors, one for each Scrumbo. To balance it out, I added a dark gray, which was based on the pencil that was used for most of the film.

  • WAVEA color palette consisting of: #EEFFFF, #27E0E0, #1195A8, #1A3145, #FF2F4A,



    I'm looking for ways to improve my art and design skills. I was reading an article about color theory on Smashing Magazine that suggested creating a color scheme every day, so I decided to try that out for a bit.

    This palette is inspired by classic anime, when they still used cels. I've been rewatching Yu Yu Hakusho, and I've been impressed by it's bright and bold colors. In addition, I've been watching a lot of videos from the Artzie Music YouTube channel, which often features music set to looping videos from different classic anime series.

    To make this palette, I collected screenshots from these anime as I watched them and looked for similar images from other series online. I put these images in a Sketch file and sampled the most prominent colors from each of them. Once I had these colors, I started trying to combine them, making minor tweaks so that they worked well together. For this one, I tried to use a complementary scheme with shades of blue contrasting with the red accent color.