Starry Night

The suite of colors used for the night scene in the animated show Stone Quackers maintains the basic elements of the pallet that are used throughout the rest of the show. Specifically, the use of low-intensity colors. Every hue used the show is muted by adding a layer of gray to the pallet. But the two large changes in the color scheme that come during the night, are the value of the pallet, which naturally becomes darker as night falls, and also the change in hues.

The general spectrum fro the night color pallet ranges between the blacks, blues, purples, and indigos of the night sky, to the more earthly shades of blue-greens, and blue grays, that characterize the treeline and sidewalks of the shows' background. Occasionally dark and muted primary colors will be used at night, particularly when dealing with the main characters, in the clothes they wear and the buildings they live in. Occasionally even at night, the primary colors used will be extremely vibrant, contrasting with the rest of the dark tones.

When the perspective of the show changes so that the Night Sky is dominant, whether it becomes a significant portion of the background, or the perspective is shifted upwards so that the sky takes up the entire background, the pallet drops the natural blue-greens and blue greys, and is dominated by blacks, blues and purples. Often the sky will be darker near the borders, starting at completely black, then drifting into very dark shades of blue, then to dark indigos, and near the center, lighter shades of blues and purples will warp into one another. 


When the perspective changes or the background becomes dominated by a treeline or a forest (common backgrounds in the show) the pallet drops the blues and purples entirely, and changes to the blue greens of the trees, and blue-grays of the concrete. Most often through there's a combination of the two pallets, where the night's sky is partially obscured by a house or tree's so that it;s pallet shines behind, and the natural pallet colors the foreground. Every once in a while, though, if there's a scene that takes place in a city or an interesting character is about to be introduced, and primary colors will find their way into the scheme. Most of the time they're muted shades of solid blue or red, from the clothes on the charters, to the apartment buildings. But there is the one exception.

Overall the pallet contributes two major feelings to the show while keeping the general aesthetic. By keeping the colors at a low intensity the grainy nostalgic feeling of the show is maintained, but occasionally letting the blue-green and blue grays dominate the background, helps to make the setting of the show feel isolated and remote. Almost like twin peaks in how far it feels from the rest of the world. And the blues, purples, and indigos used to color the night sky help to give the show a sensation of wonder and imagination.