Colorblog

I'm Syd and I know way more about color theory than any human should.

Things related to my novel/webcomic Twelve Colors can be found here!

I also do fanfiction and fanart from time to time.



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My first revisiting of March, Sunday, and Opal after the development hiatus.
This is still pretty early stuff, when I was still getting my bearings.  I hadn’t yet swapped the Green clothes, though I was trying to make March and Sunday look more like Green People instead of Probably White - if they existed in our world you’d probably classify them as some sort of Asian.
Opal still existed as a covered-up death-seeker, as well, hence why she’s in layers and layers of things.  This got better as I worked with them more in the present and started to develop them.

My first revisiting of March, Sunday, and Opal after the development hiatus.

This is still pretty early stuff, when I was still getting my bearings.  I hadn’t yet swapped the Green clothes, though I was trying to make March and Sunday look more like Green People instead of Probably White - if they existed in our world you’d probably classify them as some sort of Asian.

Opal still existed as a covered-up death-seeker, as well, hence why she’s in layers and layers of things.  This got better as I worked with them more in the present and started to develop them.

My love of circles persists!!
This is nothing more than a design fit to encapsulate Green, Yellow, Black, and Brown.  
This is back when I still had the idea of Black, Brown, and Yellow serving Green almost exclusively as Animal Gods, and Green topping them off as a god of plants and growth in general.  Together they’d be considered the Life Gods.
For comparison, Orange, Violet, and Ash are the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and Blue is the Sky, so they’d be the Celestial Gods.  Red, Indigo, Rose, and Nameless all have pretty gloomy connotations with destruction and death and the unknown, so they’d be the Death Gods.  It still works fairly well, but the current story doesn’t support it as well as it used to.
This is, however, the first appearance of Yellow in his Bear form, rather than as a Dog/Coyote.  The large body and strength fit his more mature image much better.  And I just really, really like bears.
(Didn’t choose a lion, though.  Bears were actually the predominant symbol of strength and power in pre-christian Europe, before the Crusaders came along and replaced it with the lion.  If you want to read more about this stuff, please give The Bear: History of a Fallen King a try!  It’s a great read.)

My love of circles persists!!

This is nothing more than a design fit to encapsulate Green, Yellow, Black, and Brown.  

This is back when I still had the idea of Black, Brown, and Yellow serving Green almost exclusively as Animal Gods, and Green topping them off as a god of plants and growth in general.  Together they’d be considered the Life Gods.

For comparison, Orange, Violet, and Ash are the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and Blue is the Sky, so they’d be the Celestial Gods.  Red, Indigo, Rose, and Nameless all have pretty gloomy connotations with destruction and death and the unknown, so they’d be the Death Gods.  It still works fairly well, but the current story doesn’t support it as well as it used to.

This is, however, the first appearance of Yellow in his Bear form, rather than as a Dog/Coyote.  The large body and strength fit his more mature image much better.  And I just really, really like bears.

(Didn’t choose a lion, though.  Bears were actually the predominant symbol of strength and power in pre-christian Europe, before the Crusaders came along and replaced it with the lion.  If you want to read more about this stuff, please give The Bear: History of a Fallen King a try!  It’s a great read.)

Redesigns of the fashion valbino / teensith I mentioned last night!
The top row is almost exact “cosplay” in the outfits she designed.  Below are designs more in my mind’s eye inspired by the above outfits.  Some of them have actually stuck!  Yellow, especially, took to the redesign with the cloak very well, especially since he was rapidly maturing in my mind.

Redesigns of the fashion valbino / teensith I mentioned last night!

The top row is almost exact “cosplay” in the outfits she designed.  Below are designs more in my mind’s eye inspired by the above outfits.  Some of them have actually stuck!  Yellow, especially, took to the redesign with the cloak very well, especially since he was rapidly maturing in my mind.

So remember that cool valbino / teensith I mentioned in the previous post?  She did some more rad art.

These pictures were part of some kind of prompt fest where you drew anthropomorphic personifications of stuff, and the theme was colors.  I got mega hype and asked her to share the results with me, and here I have posted them.

The really, really neat thing about this is the culturally different clothing she put them in.  If I’m not mistaken, Green is Namibian Bush, Blue is Tang Dynasty China, Red is Greek, Yellow is Aztec, Indigo is Japanese, and Rose is Roman.  

Following these rad doodles, I did some sketches with the gods in these exact outfits, and then outfits inspired by these.  That’ll be up next!

Related to the earlier face shots, I made these silhouettes to try and recall what outfits I’d designed for them, and if they needed redesigning.  Green, for example, had the fold of her robe reversed.
This is also the first drawing-appearance of The Nameless God, who replaced Lavender, and thank goodness for that.  Ash has also replaced Holly - “ash-colored” is frequently used as the color for gray in Asiatic languages.
My good friend teensith/ valbino used these as reference for her absolutely lovely series of my gods, which you can see here!

Related to the earlier face shots, I made these silhouettes to try and recall what outfits I’d designed for them, and if they needed redesigning.  Green, for example, had the fold of her robe reversed.

This is also the first drawing-appearance of The Nameless God, who replaced Lavender, and thank goodness for that.  Ash has also replaced Holly - “ash-colored” is frequently used as the color for gray in Asiatic languages.

My good friend teensith/ valbino used these as reference for her absolutely lovely series of my gods, which you can see here!

Related to the previous post, here are my attempts are reconciling my mental image with extant concept art - at least, as far as Green and Blue are concerned.
I do really like that Green in the left-hand corner.  What a smile!

Related to the previous post, here are my attempts are reconciling my mental image with extant concept art - at least, as far as Green and Blue are concerned.

I do really like that Green in the left-hand corner.  What a smile!

In December of 2013, I’d essentially completed In The Blood in its entirety, and felt that the time was right to return to my roots.  After all, I wanted to write a novel very badly, and this one was begging to be worked-on, now that I had the time and skill.
To get started, I sketched out my mental image of the pantheon.  Without reference, just from memory.  It’s pretty telling, as far as distinguishing features go.
You’ll notice Holly and Lavender are still present in the pantheon.   They won’t be there long - in their current forms, at least.

In December of 2013, I’d essentially completed In The Blood in its entirety, and felt that the time was right to return to my roots.  After all, I wanted to write a novel very badly, and this one was begging to be worked-on, now that I had the time and skill.

To get started, I sketched out my mental image of the pantheon.  Without reference, just from memory.  It’s pretty telling, as far as distinguishing features go.

You’ll notice Holly and Lavender are still present in the pantheon.   They won’t be there long - in their current forms, at least.

Remember how I said I loved circles, in my last post?  I love circles.
This is the circle-concept I drew for Three Moons back in the day - god, five years ago?!  Neat.
To the left you can see Opal, with Yellow, Sunday, and March following, and Green up top.
Sunday is covering her ears because she was Deaf in early drafts.  The jist of it was that it was going to be a See/Hear/Speak-No-Evil trifecta with the protagonists of the story arcs.  Constance would be blind, and Ruby would be mute, to complement her.  Returning to the stories after a few years, however, it felt vaguely offensive, since I’d rather include differently-abled people for representation, rather than to prove A Theme.
That said, Link (Ruby’s mother) is mute/nonverbal (but not Deaf - she’s autistic) and feels most comfortable communicating in Sign.  Ruby can sign as well, in return, but prefers to speak, since her mother does understand her.
It should also be mentioned that this was the last piece of art for Twelve Colors that I produced for several years.  In 2010, I began work on my fanfiction, In the Blood, which took up the entirety of my concentration and creative energy for the next four years.  Not for nothing, of course, since the endeavor went towards improving my writing skills, and the experience of completing a novel-length work.  Just to see if I could.
And I did!

Remember how I said I loved circles, in my last post?  I love circles.

This is the circle-concept I drew for Three Moons back in the day - god, five years ago?!  Neat.

To the left you can see Opal, with Yellow, Sunday, and March following, and Green up top.

Sunday is covering her ears because she was Deaf in early drafts.  The jist of it was that it was going to be a See/Hear/Speak-No-Evil trifecta with the protagonists of the story arcs.  Constance would be blind, and Ruby would be mute, to complement her.  Returning to the stories after a few years, however, it felt vaguely offensive, since I’d rather include differently-abled people for representation, rather than to prove A Theme.

That said, Link (Ruby’s mother) is mute/nonverbal (but not Deaf - she’s autistic) and feels most comfortable communicating in Sign.  Ruby can sign as well, in return, but prefers to speak, since her mother does understand her.

It should also be mentioned that this was the last piece of art for Twelve Colors that I produced for several years.  In 2010, I began work on my fanfiction, In the Blood, which took up the entirety of my concentration and creative energy for the next four years.  Not for nothing, of course, since the endeavor went towards improving my writing skills, and the experience of completing a novel-length work.  Just to see if I could.

And I did!

So, I love circles.  Like, a lot.  Any of my Real-Effort-Good-Illustrations will feature lots of them, or at least a circular layout.  This hasn’t changed for years.
I’d started drawing little circle-shaped summaries of the three story arcs, at this point in time.  I got around to drawing and coloring one for Three Moons (which I will post later), but I scrapped the one for Caster of Ashes and only got this far on the one for The Witness.  I still like the layout on this one, so I thought to post it here!

So, I love circles.  Like, a lot.  Any of my Real-Effort-Good-Illustrations will feature lots of them, or at least a circular layout.  This hasn’t changed for years.

I’d started drawing little circle-shaped summaries of the three story arcs, at this point in time.  I got around to drawing and coloring one for Three Moons (which I will post later), but I scrapped the one for Caster of Ashes and only got this far on the one for The Witness.  I still like the layout on this one, so I thought to post it here!

HERE THERE BE ROBOTS
That skinny little thing is Scout!  A robot/construct/whatever-in-the-world that’s a part of the Red Story/The Witness.  Their role in the story has changed significantly since the beginning, but a cute little artificial person they have always remained.
In this pic is (a much younger) Ruby messing with Scout and doodling pictures, and probably the first image of her mother, Link.

HERE THERE BE ROBOTS

That skinny little thing is Scout!  A robot/construct/whatever-in-the-world that’s a part of the Red Story/The Witness.  Their role in the story has changed significantly since the beginning, but a cute little artificial person they have always remained.

In this pic is (a much younger) Ruby messing with Scout and doodling pictures, and probably the first image of her mother, Link.