This one is based on a design that I painted on the wall of my secret closet hideout when I was a kid. My wall was painted in bright primary colors. It wasn’t until college, when I had a job doing art at Slo-Bird Studios, that I became aware of more subtle colors. I was working on a watercolor for a poster contest, and I had done the whole thing in primaries. My boss, Michael, who was (and is) an incredible artist, looked at my work and said something like, “Why don’t you try colors that are slightly off primary?” I had never thought to do anything like that before…so I tried a yellow-orange instead of yellow, a red-orange in place of red, and a bright purpley-blue instead of the primary blue. And it looked much more interesting. I don’t think I’ve used straight primary colors since.

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