Colours Of The American West

The header illustration was created with Midjourney AI, using the prompt:

/imagine [ENTER] colors of the american west, illustration, comic art, retro –ar 3:2 –q 2

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This was another imagine, produced with the same prompt:

What if I change the prompt to this:

/imagine [ENTER] colors of the american west, classic painting

Here are some more illustrations of the American West for enjoyment and inspiration.


Ward Brackett (April 2, 1914 – December 14, 2006) was an American artist who created for paperback books and magazines, including the Reader’s Digest and Cosmopolitan. He lived in Connecticut.

Ward Brackett


Moebius was the artist name of Jean Giraud (1938-2012). He was Franco-Belgian. He started drawing comics at around the age of nine. As a European, how did he wind up illustrating American scenes such as these?

He went to art school but didn’t graduate. By this stage his mother had married a guy from Mexico, so he went to visit his mum and stayed there for nine months, absorbing the atmosphere and doing a lot of drawing, I bet.

War broke out, but he managed to score a gig as a war illustrator. The rest for Jean was history. He is now one of the most recognisable comics artists of the 20th century.

The colours of his Blueberry comics are especially great. The comic books chronicle the adventures of William Burnet alias Blueberry on his travels through the American Old West.
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George Hughes (1907-1990) was a New Yorker, formally trained in art. His range was huge. He painted landscapes like these and also fashion and automobiles. He did many illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post.

George Hughes (1907 – 1990) 1961 Out of Gas illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, 2nd of September edition
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Maynard Dixon (January 24, 1875 – November 11, 1946) was an American artist whose body of work focused on the American West landscape. Recognise his work due to the strong lights and darks.

Maynard Dixon
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You can’t have the American West without a vintage railroad poster:

Chicago Railroad poster by Knight & Leonard, circa 1890

On paper, things look fine. Sam Dennon recently inherited significant wealth from his uncle. As a respected architect, Sam spends his days thinking about the family needs and rich lives of his clients. But privately? Even his enduring love of amateur astronomy is on the wane. Sam has built a sustainable-architecture display home for himself but hasn’t yet moved into it, preferring to sleep in his cocoon of a campervan. Although they never announced it publicly, Sam’s wife and business partner ended their marriage years ago due to lack of intimacy, leaving Sam with the sense he is irreparably broken.

Now his beloved uncle has died. An intensifying fear manifests as health anxiety, with night terrors from a half-remembered early childhood event. To assuage the loneliness, Sam embarks on a Personal Happiness Project:

1. Get a pet dog

2. Find a friend. Just one. Not too intense.




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