Blue Boat

by Gethin Thomas February. 11, 2021 177 views

So I have just started trying to recreate this effect in Affinity. It definitely helps to have the right image, and although I do quite like this one of the boat and it was the best of the batch, it isn't quite right so I am still looking for a better one.

You definitely need an image in which all the grey is removed so you only have pure black and pure white. You then select and fill the black with blue. I have Googled this grey question and it seems like Affinity does not have the ability to remove greys in any sort of effect so it really has to be done in the normal settings. This means it helps if you already have a very high contrast image like this one was. Unless you know different?

I have managed to get the blue bleeding into the white like an ultramarine glaze on porcelain white which I am pleased with so I feel I am getting there.

This one below was a bit of fun because the tree is the traditional Japanese pruned type and has the right look and even though the tower block is in Tokyo and has a Japanese design aesthetic it looks way too modern for the "Willow Pattern" look. But I enjoyed doing it.

This one below of seaweed also doesn't work but I actually really like it anyway, it just makes a nice abstract image.

As teacher might say, "it's a good start but more work needed".

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Chuck Staruch 2 months ago

Very Nice. I love the shade of blue you created. So creative and talented. I am a little intimidated with Affinity, but looking at what you are creating is very inspiring.

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Ho Kim 2 months ago

Oh, very experimental works. They work fine with me and I think I'd like to try some, too.

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Craig Casterline 2 months ago

I really like #2. The spikey tree needles really stand out.

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Camellia Staab 2 months ago

I came back because.....I saw your post next to my post and realized that yours is leaning towards purple while mine's leaning toward blue, although when I posted it on the forum for whatever reason the colors changed and became more purple. So the question......is it supposed to be blue or purple. Originally I thought when you said porcelain I, being me,  visualized the Danish Delft plates and I know you said Chinese....orient.... I know I am overthinking this one 😉

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

This may be a problem with what device you process on and what device you look at the blog on. The blue I was going for was what i was calling ultramarine. In fact the correct colour name is cobalt. To me yours looks more cerulean, but that might be my screen. The bleed effect may be causing a slight purpling in the white as the blue may not be pure and may have some red in it. I will try to do better.smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months ago

COBALT ( yes I am screaming) is my favorite blue. 
Oh my god Gethin...sitting next to you and talking what I believe to be the English language I realize it is actually gibberish. Seriously......cerulean? ultramarine?

And so I wait for you to do better smile 

But all fun and antics said......I  know there are programs/apps/tools to calibrate one's screen to the "perfect" but I am not perfect so who gives a..... smile

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

I'm with you on the calibration thing. As to the colours that is more a reflection of my Fine Art training and years of looking at paint tubes. I can recommend reading about the history of colours. Its an amazing story. Ultramarine literally beyond the seas, because in the Mediterranean old world it was rare and expensive and came from Afghanistan, probably on a camel, in the form of lapis lazuli.  So rare and expensive it was used sparingly in art for important subjects like the cloak of the Virgin Mary. It's why masterpieces alway show her in blue.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months ago

That gorgeous blue traveled all over the Middle East.....I always associate it with Moroccan walls and the Turkish evil eye.

Btw that is an interesting piece of information as far Mary's cloak.

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Camellia Staab 2 months ago

What the teacher said.......sincerely your twin grinning

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