Art Diary: Color Me Goodd

Graham here with an art post about backgrounds and colour palettes. It's quite short, but rather colourful (not unlike myself). 

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Inspired by lurid old science fiction magazines, Technicolor movies and Fauvist painting, Rocket Rumble's Universe is a bright and colourful place. We're still in the early phase of background design, but I thought I'd share some initial concepts and ideas. First, some reference images:

 Colour palette reference. Artists include Paul Lehr and Roger Dean.

Colour palette reference. Artists include Paul Lehr and Roger Dean.

Next, some thumbnail images exploring possible colour palettes for space backgrounds:

 Exploratory Colour Thumbnails

Exploratory Colour Thumbnails

Next, a few more developed concepts (including an rough idea for cockpit controls that is unlikely to end up in the game in this form). 

After working in Photoshop, I started concepting directly in Unity. The resulting environment looked like it would make quite a nice desktop background, so I took a high res frame-grab, slapped a RR logo on it, and this is the result:

 Click for full size image.

Click for full size image.

Feel free to download it and use it as a wallpaper. Sizes: 1024x7681920x10801920x1200, 2048x1536, 2560x1440

And while I'm at it, here's one of those concepts modified for wallpaper too. Sizes: 1024x7681920x10801920x12002048x15362560x1440

 lick*  for full size image.  * THIS iS A typo, BUT I left it in as it amused me.

lick*  for full size image.

* THIS iS A typo, BUT I left it in as it amused me.