Botter Beach Party
Finished poster + yearbook page
I like the way I positioned the palm trees in the B/W version a little bit better, it looks more “natural” if they sprout from one point and grow apart, rather than the other way around—that makes sense, I guess, a tree wouldn’t grow towards another tree, cause they’re competing for sunlight.
Also I think I got the glowing brightness of the setting acorn-sun better in the second version, I suppose the orange sky in the colour version is just a tad too bright to add a convincing setting sun (which, being the only source of light, should of course be the brightest object).
Problem is, what you’re looking for is an extremely bright red for the top of the acorn-sun. Easy to do if you’re an actual sunset, the pure red of a (filtered) setting sun is still really bright (you can feel it on your face—although technically that’s infra-red) and your eyes are accustomed to the twilight. Unfortunately, the backlight of your monitor is not quite adequate to represent the intense colour spectrum of an actual celestial body’s nuclear fusion filtered through a few hundreds of kilometres atmosphere. It’s even more problematic in print because whatever light source is illumating the paper, is going to be brighter than that very thing you want to be the brightest of everything!
So, compromises have to be made.
Either you sort of fudge it, like I did in the colour version, aiming that people will associate the reds and oranges with a sunset even if the brightness is incorrect. This works reasonably well, IMO—especially if you consider the previous post with the dark acorn silhouette: it doesn’t make any sense but you still know it represents a sunset!
The other option is to darken everything until the acorn-sun is actually the brightest object in the image. This is easier to do if you’re working with just one shade, so I did it for the greyscale version. In hindsight I might have even made it brighter than the foreground lettering, but I was short on time. Next time I will export something like this as three bitmap layers and adjust the colour curves in GIMP (slightly easier for that sort of thing).