It's kinda funny how seriously I'm taking this website, but 5 simple colors and a short title can tell such a story, paint such a vivid picture, or simply look nice or make you laugh.
The photographer in me is taking advantage of this. With many of my palettes, I have a clear image, story, feeling, or some combination of them all, and within the titles, palette descriptions, or even the names of the new colors the palette forced me to create are hints to what the hell was running through my head when I made it. And I think most of the more mysterious or unclear palettes I make have enough clues for people who are willing to do some digging to know exactly what I meant and felt when I was creating the palette.
With this, I want to take something so simple, 5 colors and a few words, and conjure an interconnected structure behind it that people can explore. I want this to be non-intrusive, and not force anybody to see things the way I do, yet give them the opportunity to. I want to satisfy the people who want to see an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of colors and nothing much more, but I also want to encourage those who are curious as to what the population of this website are REALLY saying or feeling when they make a palette or pattern, because I think we all have made at least one creation with a title that has secret meaning that is only clear to us the creators. And in an instant, with a only a small set of colors and less than a paragraph of words, we can connect with people around the world and reach fundamental understanding of a simple concept despite distance, religion, political stance, race, culture. interests, time, or any regularly differentiating factor between us.
So to those that choose to do so, dig a bit, use google or just your own intuition to reveal the city I had pictured, the novel I enjoyed, or the persons I love that lie behind a palette. Post a comment or personal message about your explorations, and I'll help you along or comment on the accuracy of a theory of yours if you want me to. Go nuts. Have fun.
Here are my personal favorite palettes I've made, usually because I think they display good opportunity for this understanding I aim to have hidden (In order of personal aesthetic preference):
After having read the most celebrated graphic novel of all time, WATCHMEN, by the legendary Alan Moore, I decided to make a series of palettes, one for each of it's twelve chapters. The novel's main theme concerns the human condition, and is structured such that the title of each chapter is part of a quote, which is revealed at the end of issue. Along with this, I will be supplying the chapter titles, a quote I think is important from within the chapter, and the final quote from which the title is born, in that order. I'm sorry for the long, drawn out explanation of this series' structure, but I just wanted to make it clear for everybody. So without further ado, please enjoy:
Kendama is a wooden Japanese skill toy, similar to a yo-yo, that I have been obsessed with over the last 6 months. It consists of three cups of varying sizes, and a spike, all attached to a ball with a hole in it via a string. Think of your simple "cup and ball" setup on steroids. There are pictures along with each of the following palettes if you are unsure of what I mean. You flip it about and do mad tricks with it. I'm getting quite good and will soon have some videos up on youtube (I'll be sure you link to them here when they are up). I was inspired to start using Kendama after seeing Colin Sanders videos on youtube, Look him up, he'll be under that name. He has some amazing skill, especially in his later edits. I advise you check them out if you are curious as to what I am talking about and want to see some crazy shit; It will blow your mind, I promise. Anyway, since I love these things, I have dedicated a palette to each kendama I own, which is currently two (a third is on the way). This is pretty much a shameful advertisement of the VERY small kendama "industry", for lack of a better word, in the USA. The best place to buy them is Kendamaspot.com, a site I help maintain. The site has good prices and sells every type(I think) of kendama approved by the JKA (Japanese Kendama Association, don't waste your time with anything lacking a JKA seal). If you have any more questions about these things, message me. Anyway, onto the palettes: Enjoy!
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