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With Awkward Family Photos being covered by the likes of Time, Esquire, O Magazine's twitter, Time Out and The Telegraph, it's safe to say that this hilarious blog which allows you to browse and submit photos of your more awkward family moments, is indeed reaching their goal of "spreading the awkwardness."
I find the photos with coordinated outfits to be especially hilarious and uncomfortable, and they make for some awkward color palettes as well.
If you're looking to change up your computer's wallpaper it might be worth your time to take a gander below at 36 selected from deviantART, Desktopography, VLADSTUDIO and Art Wallpapers, or check out our previous wallpaper extravaganza here.
Once upon a time I was building a website and one of the colors I had picked out just wasn't quite right. I kept having to pop in and out of photoshop in order to tweak the color I was using. I didn't understand the Hex code enough to adjust it on the fly. After about an hour of tediously going back and forth with photoshop I gave up and started scouring the internet for a method of using hex code without another visual tools.
Like most people I discovered multiple sites that explain how HTML uses hexadecimal notation (xxxxxx) to define color. Hex code uses base-16 math to write a shorthand version of the binary code that is used to represent each of the different colors in the RGB color set. For instance, #f9f9f9 would be translated into RGB as 249,249,249 and then into binary as 111110011111100111111001. If that was too confusing, just think of #f9f9f9 as "off-white".
This article isn't really about explaining how the hexadecimal color system works. You can find plenty of websites out there that can explain that far better than I can. This article is about developing a method of thinking about hex code that will allow you to read and manipulate it without having to pop into photoshop in order to see the color itself. I've been calling this method "grey 88".
Before I get into that though, lets talk about color sets for a minute...
I come from a fine artist's background and learned about color by applying it to paint. I had my crayon set and yellow plus blue made green. This is because painting is a subtractive color set based on pigments. The chemicals used in creating the paint would react with each other when mixed and create green. You start with a white canvas and add colors until you get black. CMYK works in the same way. Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow are pigments that are mixed to create darker colors (black is also used, but only to reduce the need of having to mix CMY all of the time).
CMYK (subtractive color) pigment based
|cyan (00ffff)||magenta (ff00ff)||yellow (ffff00)||black (000000)|
By default, photoshop, your computer monitor, and HTML files use RGB. RGB is an additive color set that is based on mixing light instead of pigments. Your monitor starts with black and adds different spectrums of light until you get white. In RGB the three primary colors are Red, Green, and Blue.
RGB (additive color) light based
|red (ff0000)||green (00ff00)||blue (0000ff)||white (ffffff)|
Because RGB is based on light it has a much wider gamut of colors than pigment based color sets. In fact, all of the colors in CMYK are also in RGB (the reverse is not true). This means that Hex is unique in the sense that it is really has both RGB and CMYK.
Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over live-action film movement, frame by frame, for use in animated films. Originally, pre-recorded live-action film images were projected onto a frosted glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a rotoscope, although this device has been replaced by computers and software like Adobe After Effects.
The technique was invented by Max Fleischer, who used it in his series Out of the Inkwell starting around 1915, with his brother Dave Fleischer dressed in a clown outfit as the live-film reference for the character Koko the Clown. Max patented the method in 1917.
Fleischer used rotoscope in a number of his later cartoons as well, most notably the Cab Calloway dance routines in three Betty Boop cartoons from the early 1930s, and the animation of Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels (1939). The Fleischer studio's most effective use of rotoscoping was in their series of action-oriented Superman cartoons, in which Superman and the other animated figures displayed very realistic movement.
Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.
A helpful little tip from the Unofficial Google blog.
Google Image Search has a new option that lets you restrict the results based on their color. For now, the option is not available in the user interface, but you can tweak the search results URL to try it: http://images.google.com/images?q=bird&imgcolor=red
"People make palettes, I find photos." That's the simple idea CL member Aaris had that started the wonderful Photo Freak Series. The series is just that, she takes the palettes she likes or that are submitted to her and fits them to photos on flickr. Here are some of the great matchups she's made so far. Make sure to check up on the site to see the frequent updates to the series.
A developing animation technique recently coined, datamoshing (though one of the originators of this technique isn't thrilled by its new name), which uses compression artefacts is beginning to appear in the mainstream. The proof, enough for any blog it seems, are two music videos: Kanye West's 'Welcome To Heartbreak" Directed by Nabil and Chairlift's 'Evident Utensil' directed by Ray Tintori with "Datamoshery by Bob Weisz."
A post by our color loving friend Shape + Colour not only brought my attention to the music videos, it also steered me towards the work of David O'Reilly, one of the originators of this animation technique (first example in 2005). O'Reilly, besides having an impressive portfolio, has a lot to say about the recent developments and the technique itself. He explains his use like this, "my goal aesthetically has always been the more broader aim of simply not hiding the artefacts of software, the same way Bacon didn’t hide paint strokes..."
According to a post over at kottke, there are few other artists who should be recognized by their use of this technique: " Takeshi Murata, paperrad, Mark Brown, Kris Moye, Owi Mahn & Laura Baginski (2004) and Sven König; 1 & 2 (2004/2005).
Here are some early examples along with the two recent music videos.