Open Studio - 7/22/12 - Cover 4

So I've been thinking about this cover since I started coloring issue 1. Kav did such a good job with this image -- it's so different -- that it's been sort of nagging away at me throughout the last couple weeks. In turn, I've thought of a few different ways to approach coloring it, but I wanted to start off by sharing a couple archetypal images that I think we could draw on for it. I have included a color palette for each one. I ask you guys, do any of these strike your imagination for how it should be approached? Here's the inked cover before we begin:

Now, when I first looked at this, I thought of Norman Rockwell's "The Soda Jerk."

While searching for that image online, though, I came across another Rockwell diner scene that has a different mood: "After the Prom":

More of a night-time scene, at the very least.

Anyway, that got me to thinkin'...I should probably approach this with as many options as possible. I started thinking about other famous diner images and immediately remembered Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks":

What also came to mind was Neil Gaiman's Sandman, issue 6...the whole THING is in a diner. I looked it up, and it turns out that Robbie Busch colored the issue in a lot of ways that I didn't remember. It gets crazy by the time the orgy and murder is going on as far as colors go. I stopped and remembered the look that drew me to it in the first place and it is best typified by page 9:

So these are my initial source images when I started thinking about this. Of course, now I've begun remembering a bunch of other diner scenes in other media that I'll have to break down for their palettes. While I do that, do you guys have any thoughts on any of these that I've posted so far? Love, Micah

It is hard for me to think about color like this, which is why I am glad you are there to do it for me! Trying to just look at the colors, I think I like "After Prom" and "Nighthawks" the best. -Josh

here's some ideas:


I found some that were similar to this one, but I like yours as good as any. If we are going for a realistic look, I like this. It strikes me as fully reminiscent of my old lunch shifts at Steak n Shake.

This one, on the other hand, is too boxed in, I think. There's something anti-graphical about the color balance or something.



Yeah, red seems to be a big color for diners-the rest of the B/G usually is earth tones.  Not so much white as in the above pic...Josh hates moons and anything white.


True, but the eye is most attracted to brightness and light, so it's a great color to use in graphics. As a demonstration, look over this array of the top 25 print ads of 2o1o and notice which ones your eye goes to first.

In this case, unless it's a night scene, it should be dominated by white since diners have large windows that let in sunlight. Look at how much white is in "The Soda Jerk" above.



I'm not opposed to white-the table, windows and back wall could be white.  Also the floor but Josh hates the black n white.  And you're right about the black and white thing-when I was a ballet dancer I noticed the dark haired dancers drew the eye so I dyed my hair black and the chicks loved it.