Monday, October 27, 2008

The use of color in Splinters

My new story Splinters is playing in different periods before, during and after the Second Worldwar. The present time in the story is the year 1946. The year in which Victor and Esther meet again. There are also a lot of flashbacks to the years before the war and the war years themselves. To make clear to the reader in which part the story is, I have given each period its own colour palette.
Pag30.jpg picture by erikdegraaf
The years before the war are drawn in warm grey, which refers to black and white pictures and the period of crisis in the Thirties.
The war years themselves are coloured sepia. Brownish colours that have a relation with the sepia photographs from the beginning of the last century. The 'present' (1946) is made in 'greyish' full colour. That kind of full colour appeared in pictures shortly after the war (even already in some pictures taken during the war).
Pag103.jpg picture by erikdegraaf
I also coloured the background of the pages. The pages about the years before and during the war have black backgrounds and those that play after the war are kept white. On the one hand the black background together with the warm grey and sepia colors shows the gloominess of the (pre) war period. On the other hand, the white pages with the cautious full colour drawings show something of the hope just after the war. So the use of different colour palettes in Splinters is not only functional, but also has an emotional component.
Pag124.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

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