• R Cipolletta

e7: Wednesday Tuition

Nigel Potter 30.09.20

Masters Proposal Planning

Colour Theory:

Any artwork I produce will consist of 3 parameters: hue, saturation, and value (sometimes ‘lightness’). When I work in black and white I am essentially excluding everything but the latter. This is what Mr. McCaig meant by starting with 'tones' (values). He draws his values in (more or less) black and white and then low-opacity washes the base colours on top - only after this does he add layers and draw the rest of his details in colour.


Conversely, Nigel recommends actually drawing in colour and then turning off and on an effects layer which has been pre-set to have 0 saturation so I can check my values in a black and white context retrospectively. This is a learning-by-doing approach that will help me learn colour theory faster, via trial and error.

He also recommended constantly checking (and altering if necessary at the end) the canvas ‘Levels’ which will show you how many values across the board I'm tapping into. The goal would then be to get that range maxed out and, if it isn't, to adjust the settings accordingly until the image is colour-corrected.


Photoshop vs Procreate:

The above images have been taken from the iPad version of Photoshop - something that I had been planning to look into for some time - as it is Nigel's programme of choice. Though I very much have enjoyed using Procreate in the past, I’ve been meaning to learn Photoshop anyway as it’s a very relevant skill to my industry. I’m thinking this is the best opportunity to do so, especially considering I get a free license for it with my uni login, however am slightly concerned about the delay this might cause to my workflow, as I will need some time to learn the new interface and tools.

I think a suitable solution would be to try working primarily on Photoshop and only fall back on Procreate should time be of the essence.


Story Arcs:

Last term, Sheza did a lot of work on storyboarding and concept art and she was also recommended the Gnomon workshop on Visual Storytelling. While in class, I made sure to ask her if she had any other sources she recommended and she told me about Brandon Sanderson’s 2020 BYU Lecture Series, Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The implied relation of these lectures to fantasy writing will undoubtedly be helpful to the two other stories I want to develop outside of the detective narrative.


I also spent some time talking with her about my different story prospects and was delighted to see her get visibly excited by my ideas. As a fellow former fine artist, Sheza will no doubt be invaluable for idea generation concerning the 'final product' I'm striving to achieve. She even expressed interest in helping me realise it, and the idea of a full blown collaboration has crossed my mind once or twice since.

I'm not sure exactly how that will play out yet, but I'm excited even just to have someone to tour the antique shops with.



- R Cipolletta