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Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006, 04:31 pm
Coloriffic Update!

Greetings, fellow operatives and cadets, this is Numbuhless filling in for Numbuh 440. This week I'm going to tell you a little about the Subsector of Sector CP that I work in, Subsector RGB, a.k.a. the Color Department.

I'm going to focus on the coloring of characters. (Props, effects, and graphics are usually colored the same way). We get designs from the design department on model sheets, separated by type of design, the aforementioned characters, props, effects, and graphics. Sometimes the packs are enormous, especially when there are crowd scenes. In an episode where every operative is sitting in an auditorium, a model sheet for each of those characters needs to be included in the pack! Sometimes, the pack has a lot of designs that are from old shows, in which case we can either reuse them (which is usually the case for characters and props) but others (effects especially) need to be revised for the specific show.

Here is an example of a model sheet:



Chad here was designed by Tom Evans.

Once we get these model sheets in the color department, we scan them in as photoshop files. Then we process the files to clean them up and delete everything but the character that needs to be colored (we don't need Numbuh One there, he's just there for size comparison).

Meanwhile, I decide which background each design will be colored against. I have to keep in mind that some designs will be in several backgrounds, and sometimes there are lighting effects that will alter a design's colors from scene to scene. (For example, if a character is outside in a sunny area, but then enters a dark cave, this character will need both a light and dark palette.) Then lists are made of all the characters, props, effects, and graphics that go with each background, and then photoshop files are made where each design is a separate layer in the file. Correct scale and the angle of the background aren't too important at this stage, we just want to make sure it looks fine color-wise.

Chrysoula Artemis is the main colorist of characters, props, and effects on KND, but some designs are colored by Alison Wilgus and myself. (I colored Chad here.) We color the designs keeping in mind the color of the background (if the background is very green, we avoid using green in the design, etc) and also other reuse design's colors. (If we know Numbuh Four is going to be in a scene, we'll avoid coloring a character with similar colors to him.)

Often for designs we only make one color version, but if it's an important design, we make several versions and Mr. Warburton chooses whichever one he thinks works best. I gave Mr. Warburton three versions of Chad:



He chose the one with the blue shirt.

And that's just a part of what goes on here in Subsector RGB every day!

For Numbuh 440's run-down on the design process, look here!

Also, Cartoon Network has put out a third Halloween compilation on dvd. It's a candy-themed collection called "Sweet, Sweet Fear". The KND episode on there is Operation: J.E.W.E.L.S., which isn't particularly Halloween-y, but does feature a lot of candy! Here's the cover for the dvd:



And last but not least, Robert Kopecky, the lead props and effects designer on KND, has put up a website with lots of great props from the show, as well as his other amazing art. Here's the link:
http://www.kopeckydesign.com/

Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
johnc1986

sounds awsome oh by the way the top picture is not showing up only see the two

Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
kidsnextblog

Hm, that's odd, it was showing up fine on my computer, but I deleted it and reuploaded it just in case. I hope it works fine now!

Fri, Oct. 13th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Chad outside his BRA and football wear, that's a first. And does Nigel by any chance feel REALLY short when he's standing next to Chad?

Numbuh 908.5

Sun, Oct. 15th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
kidsnextblog

I suppose he'd have to....but he doesn't like to talk about it ;}

Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Awesome!!! I could NEVER do what you guys at Sector CP and RGB can do. It probably takes a lot of hard work and effort, doesn't it? And nice cover for the Cartoon Network Halloween DVD.

Numbuh 111

Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
thecartoonkid

Thanks! :) This one was cool. I didn't realize there were all the different color charts needed, but I guess so...

-Numbuh 54

Sat, Oct. 14th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
cezann: colouring and Robert Kopecky

Sorry if I posted this twice, something went wrong with my Live Journal.

Wow I am so glad you talk about the colouring process. I am doing a student film, and that would be very useful, thank you so much for posting it. Also the Robert Kopecky site is so awesome, I am so happy you posted the link. I love his style, no wonder the prop designs on the show are so amazing.

Sun, Oct. 15th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
numbuh734: Cool!

Cool when will it air?

-Numbuh 734

Sun, Oct. 15th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
kidsnextblog: Re: Cool!

Not sure!

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
thecartoonkid

Say... After you scan the pencil drawing into Photoshop, what do you go to, or how do you darken the pencil lines?

Numbuh 54

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
kidsnextblog

I can write out the whole process if you're interested, but BASICALLY...

We scan the lineart in at 144 dpi, then run a batch on it that turns up the contrast -- making the dark bits darker and the white paper lighter. This batch also separates the lineart from the background, so that we can color underneath it on another layer.
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Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
johnc1986: crazy friend

Hey im talking with a friend on MSN and i guess i created a monster of KNDness

DigiPokeMon says:
are you good with animating?
john says:
nope
DigiPokeMon says:
I was thinking of you joining cn animatiing team and getting the next batch of knd eps done sooner
john says:
lol
john says:
you are an obsesent fan
john says:
even more than myself
DigiPokeMon says:
are you good with writing scripts?
john says:
never tried
DigiPokeMon says:
do you have anything than can help with making new knd eps?
john says:
lol
DigiPokeMon says:
writing, drawing, acting, producing, directing etc?
john says:
nope
DigiPokeMon says:
you dont want to do guest star in a future ep?
john says:
i'd love to put not sure if i have the right phone if you ever heard me on the phone you might think im a woman
DigiPokeMon says:
you have a girlish voice?
john says:
on the phone yes
DigiPokeMon says:
what about when you record your voice on the computer?
john says:
i'll have to do that sometime and show you a sample of my voice
end

Fri, Oct. 20th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: crazy friend

This is so cool, um I have a question would you consider Chad to be Nigels rival more than any other member? becuase he seems to do more things to Nigel than most. And is this an episode between Nigel and Chad? If so I seriously can't waitXD

Fri, Oct. 27th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Look at poor Numbuh Four! He's so scared! Don't worry, Wally! I'll protect you from those evil Candy Pirates, and I'll make sure nobody will take your precious candy, too!

...Oh, right. You're already taken. Sorry, then. You're on your own with Kuki! *giggles* ;D


Numbuh 707

Mon, Oct. 30th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Uhg, I hate Halloween! With all that spooky stuff and all those new gross masks with warts that squirt out fake puss makes it my most unfavorited day of the year. I have only one thing to say about those new masks in stores: EWWW!!

But Chad looks awesome! I mean, even though he's a bad guy I still like his outfit. Good choosing, Mr. W! *thumbs up* :)


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