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Pixar Makes Painterly CG

Pixar Makes Painterly CG

Last summer at SIGGRAPH, Pixar presented a paper offering some clues about one of the major new directions that CG feature animation is headed. The paper, “Stylizing Animation By Example,” explored how filmmakers could achieve more expressive rendering styles that disregard the perfect boundaries of computer graphics rendering and mimic traditional painting techniques. While non-photorealistic rendering is not a new concept, the system devised at Pixar contains a level of automation and consistency that would allow a sophisticated painterly style to be scaled for feature film production.

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Color Mixing Swatch Book

This book is a valuable tool in any artists arsenal of reference material.  I feel that color is one of the hardest aspects to master as an artist.  I dont know how many times ive looked back at a finished piece and thought “this isnt bad… however, if only I painted this womans dress blue it would have made it so much better.”

Unfortunately I often feel that the majority of artists view color as an afterthought in their creative process.  Its just natural to spend our time making sure our figures have believable weighted gestures, our objects have the right perspective and our composition is flawless.  Once satisfied, color is quickly added with a little shading here and there and then we call it a day.

To make sure we steer clear of this, its helpful to once in a while be reminded of how wonderful color is.  Michael Wilcox’s book is a great tool to reference throughout your creative endeavors.  The contents of the book are pages and pages of color swatches from different combinations of 12 colors.

Gradually mix color A with color B and show the 8 colors between the two.  Tints of each color are created by thinning the paint to allow the white background to show.  The final color swatch shows a range of hues that are obtainable from the two original colors.

Any brand of paint can be used but from experience different makes tend to vary in color.  One manufacturers cadium yellow light might be brighter and more orange than another’s.  Also remember, you do get what you pay for.  Inferior, low quality colors tend to not give even layers or blend with ease due to excess filler.  Higher quality paints do add a certain richness, ease of use and control. Color Mixing Swatch Book on Amazon.com