4 Creating a palette
With my tones established, I can begin to explore how colour will affect the emotion of the image. I study successful paintings from master artists that give a similar mood to the text of the book I’m illustrating. Because The Battle for WondLa is a story of conflict, I research the palettes of various famous war paintings. Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware displays a rich combination of colours that are both cold and bleak, but also warm and earthy. It becomes the custom palette for my piece. This palette is available for you to download.