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Tribute to the The Great Wave: A color palette based on an old Japanese painting

The Great Wave Color Palette

After years of admiring this print by the legendary Japanese artist, Hokusai, I’ve realized the colors are just as dramatic as the composition. So I decided to extract a few hues and create a color palette.

I chose colors from the boats, the sky and, of course, the waves.

Color Palette based onThe Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai
For you web designers out there, here is the HTML hex code for each color from top to bottom:
  • #c1a06e – dark tan
  • #d9d1ba – light tan
  • #82b0b2 – light blue
  • #346b84 – medium blue
  • #1a3657 – dark blue

As with all my color palettes you can find this one on ColorLovers.com.

Haunted by a legend

 

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai is probably my favorite piece of fine art. I caught glimpses of it growing up in American culture, but didn’t know anything about the work until I studied it in art school.

Turns out the iconic scene is actually a woodblock print and not a painting, and its part of a series based on that little mountain you can see in the background. For some reason I fell in love with the piece in college when I found a huge poster print version for sale on a table piled with other pop art and cultural icons. From then on, the famous painting followed my through life…

  • I proudly displayed it in my room during college.
  • Then I hung it over my desk when I got an office job.
  • At one point, the image was my desktop background.
  • A coworker and good friend bought me a sketchbook with the painting printed on the front.
  • After getting married I brought it home and managed to hang it over our bed… briefly. Something about the imminent death of those sailors didn’t sit well with the wife as a pre-bedtime meditation.
  • Until I get my home office situated the historic image sulks in my closet. Nevertheless, it lives on as my current desktop background.
  • And finally, I sold my old poster at a garage sale while raising funds to start a business. Someday we’ll meet again Hokusai.
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Experiments Inspirations

Old-School Dark Color Palette: Sportomatic

Inspiration

Cruising through designspiration.net I found an old poster of a Porsche 911 “Sportomatic” at the Nurburgring in 1967.

I was drawn to the green monochrome photo and the overall color scheme. The green and orange reminded me of old video game cartridge labels.

old-game-cartridges

The Porsche poster’s dark background and muted colors are a theme I’ve been noticing a lot lately. This increased awareness started after I switched the color scheme of my code editor to a more aesthetically pleasing and much easier to read format.

Coda color scheme

The New Color Palette: Sportomatic

I decided it was time to give in to the Universe and document this theme with a new color palette. I give you, Sportomatic:

To download this color palette head over to Sportomatic’s page on ColorLovers.com. They provide every format you could possibly want. Feel free to use it on any project, personal or commercial. I’d love to hear about what you do with it and I would be glad to link to your work.

Sportomatic in use

Here is a pattern I created on ColorLovers to see the new color palette in action:

Retro pattern and color scheme

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Adventures

5 places freelance designers go to find jobs

5 places to find freelance design jobs

Here are 5 places I visit regularly to find freelance work. Of the sites listed below, only Sortfolio and Coroflot have given me actual projects. I think my prices were too high for most of the jobs I applied for on the other sites. It’s hard to compete with Asia, but for now, there are still plenty of opportunities available for everybody with a solid portfolio and the willingness to work.

Yes, a lot of the jobs on these sites are posted by people shopping for the cheapest price possible without concern for quality. I pass on those jobs. This allows me to focus on jobs that sound cool or pay wads of cash. This strategy is starting to pay off. I recently landed a fun temporary job that pays handsomely for quality work and allows me to do what I enjoy (designing things).

If you’re a seasoned professional or even if you’re just starting out, these job sites are worth a look. Especially since most of them are free.

  1. Sortfolio
  2. Coroflot
  3. Freelance Switch Job Board
  4. Krop
  5. Elance

Have you gotten a job from any of these or other online job boards?

*Updated July 1, 2010