Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Game color palettes

When I was in school I took a color theory class. The class was mostly focused on painting because, well, it was taught by a painting teacher. And for the first few weeks of the semester she pretty much treated me and the other new media major in the class like we were aliens with our "digital media". (She warmed up to us eventually. Even after telling me later that she thought I was a smart ass for saying I thought paintings were kind of boring because they just hang on a wall.)

Our final was to make a book however we wanted as long as it had something to do with color. I chose to do a little booklet of color palettes I made from screenshots of different video game levels. My goal was to show the use of color to convey different environments and emotions in games, so I only used ones that I had played. Every once and a while I go back to the file that has all the palettes and add a new one. I was looking at them today and thought I'd share a couple! (The only ones that were in the actual project are the HL2 ones.)

Animal Crossing:

Half Life 2:

Shadow of the Colossus:

Twilight Princess:

I think my favorites are from Shadow of the Colossus. They are so beautiful and subtle. I have about a million different ideas of things to do with these palettes but I thought I would just start with sharing some. So there, something other than crochet for now.


  1. Good stuff! I am goofy about colors. I've been addicted to for awhile now. Mood mood mood.

  2. I love that site! Do you read their blog? They always have really awesome posts.

  3. well, of course i love the animal crossing shot! hehehe!

  4. I would love to see photos of the original book you made. Or, better yet, I'd love to see you use these in a project.