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: