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Old November 24 2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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Vance's Schematics Color Tests

Well, just to prove I'm not dead, and can do things OTHER than complain, I decided to knock out something I've been planning for ages.. a color test for my schematics. This isn't a huge deal, just the FJ Bulk Container, but it was enough to play with shading and some details that I haven't done before. I'm definately looking for comments on this one.

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Old November 24 2008, 08:30 PM   #2
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Good start! I've played around with coloring your stuff before as well, but I didn't show anything. I suppose you have an advantage since you're working with the original files.

As for critiques, shouldn't the panel lines be on top of the markings? Also, if you're playing around with shading, I'd try playing around with some higher contrast between the shaded and non-shaded areas. What you have now is perhaps a bit too subtle.
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Old November 24 2008, 08:46 PM   #3
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Okay, you're right about the panel markings. I realized I was making it rediculously hard to do them right, and just wound up bringing down the brightness in the crossover lines to get the new look. Works MUCH better, I think.

Not sure what you mean about the shading differences, though. You mean the difference between the light and dark hull colors?
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Old November 24 2008, 08:57 PM   #4
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Yeah, that's what I meant.
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Old November 24 2008, 09:13 PM   #5
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As stated elsewhere mate...this is the stuff us graphically-challenged geeks have been waiting for! Colorized and gradient-ized baby!
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Old November 24 2008, 09:54 PM   #6
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very nice i'm looking forwards to more
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Old November 24 2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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Yeah, I was was a little timid with gradients at first too, but higher contrast does make the object look more 3-D when used on surfaces that are supposed to be curved.

Other than that it looks fine.
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Old November 24 2008, 11:44 PM   #8
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This one is a little more complex, with more experiments for the windows, sensor dish, and some other niggling details.


I was going to look at changing the shading again, but I like the more subtle gradation, to be honest. I'll have to chalk that down to an aesthetic difference, I guess.
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Old November 24 2008, 11:54 PM   #9
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That is looking very nice looking forward to seeing some ships done up that way
keep up the great work.
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Old November 25 2008, 12:18 AM   #10
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I second that! That is totally great work and the color adds more realism to the designs. Keep them coming. I will also be looking forward to the ships in the same format.
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Old November 25 2008, 01:05 AM   #11
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Way Cool, Vance!
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Old November 25 2008, 01:10 AM   #12
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Re: Vance's Schematics Color Tests

A few suggestions:

One thing to keep in mind when shading is have a constant light source. Your ventral view correctly shows the light coming from above (ventrally), but your side view seems to be shaded identically, meaning the light is now coming from the side.

Don't be afraid to use greater differences in colors for shading. In some of my drawings, my range of shades is pure black to pure white.

An advanced technique is to vary the darkness (or color) of panel lines depending on the darkness (or color) of the panel. To do this, the line needs to be a very thin rectangular to which a gradient can be applied.
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Old November 25 2008, 08:46 AM   #13
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Not bad... not bad at all.
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Old November 25 2008, 03:02 PM   #14
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Welcome back Vance! I was just thinking not long ago how I miss seeing your schematics. Yes, I know you have your website, but I come here more often. Glad all is well and good job on the new color stuff!
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Old November 25 2008, 03:15 PM   #15
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Nice work, and I see you fixed the panel lines & graphics. I may have done things differently myself, but I can understand the choice about the difference in contrast. It might actually work in your favor in this case, since I imagine you'll be using "standard parts" to (re)create your ships. Just remember to be consistent!
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