Red and Blue Palette in Illustration

Red and Blue Palette in Illustration

Below are examples of blue and red in art and illustration. I call this the Phantom Tollbooth palette because the blue of the original Phantom Tollbooth cover is distinctive. When the cover was modernised, a beautiful red was added. This teal blue plus red works especially well, I think.

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.

Right? Right.

Women Wanted For Evacuation Service
The Ghost Battalion a story of the Iron Scouts by Manly Wade Wellman
The Ghost Battalion a story of the Iron Scouts by Manly Wade Wellman
Les Girard Jules Chéret (French graphic designer, 1836-1932) 1879
Elisabeth Ivanovsky L’Hôte Mystérieux, 1940
Dorothy Sweetser cover for “The Panama Canal,” published by The Pan American Union in 1942
David Hockney
Isaac Israels (Dutch impressionist painter) 1865-1934 Sophie in Interieur
Leonid Zolotarev – The Snow Queen
Paul Klee (Swiss-German artist) 1879-1940 Mazzarò, Sicily, 1924
Béla Czene (Hungarian, 1911-1999) Badacsony
House by the Railroad, 1925 an example of New Realism
Window over a Garden by Marc Chagall,1917
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965, United Kingdom)
A Vehicle Against The Winter Landscape – Rafal Malczewski (c. 1930)
Jean Leon Huens, Belgian artist born in 1921
Central Sanitary Bureau Spanish Flu pandemic
Doctor Dolittle’s Post Office 1923

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?

Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight. Only problem? Duke can’t vote.

When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right. And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.

Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can’t sit around waiting for the world to change, but some things are just meant to be.

Harold Harvey ‘Lunch’ 1918
The Dog's Ear Book 1958 by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
The Dog’s Ear Book 1958 by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
Emil Artur Pittermann-Longen (1885-1936) Woman sitting on a sofa
Josef Fenneker (1895–1956)
Josef Fenneker (1895–1956)
Josef Fenneker (1895–1956)
Josef Fenneker (1895–1956)
Cover by Giovannino Guareschi, 1950s
Cover by Giovannino Guareschi, 1950s
St Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls 1937 September
Hungarian-American designer illustrator Ilonka Karasz (1896 - 1981)
Hungarian-American designer illustrator Ilonka Karasz (1896 – 1981)
The Story of the Amulet E Nesbit cover red blue

At the end of Five Children and It the five children promised not to ask the Psammead for another wish as long as they lived, but expressed a half wish to see it again some time. They find ‘it’ again in a pet shop in Camden Town, and their magic adventures start over again. ‘It’ leads them to a magic amulet – half of it actually – which they use it to try and find the other half. It takes them back to ancient Egypt and Babylon. The Queen of Babylon visits them in London, bringing all her ancient customs with her – which is awkward. They visit the lost continent of Atlantis. They see Julius Caesar in the flesh, but none of these adventures run smoothly, and if they forget the ‘word of power’ or lose the amulet, what would happen to them?

WILLIAM H. BARRIBAL (1873-1956) red blue
WILLIAM H. BARRIBAL (1873-1956)
TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
Kangaroo-for-Christmas-1962-written-and-illustrated-by-James-Flora-1914-1998
Richard Wiley did the illustration of the gentleman for this Jantzen ad, and someone else illustrated the woman. Early 1950s
Vladimir Bobri advertisements for Koret handbags, 1940
St Nicholas Magazine for boys and girls 1938 June lemonade stand
Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873 – 1948) Elegant Woman and Afghan
Al Moore (American, 20th Century), Wallpaper Blouse, for the Saturday Evening Post 1941
Al Moore (American, 20th Century), Wallpaper Blouse, for the Saturday Evening Post 1941
Felice Casorati, ′Little girl playing on the red carpet', 1912
Felice Casorati, ′Little girl playing on the red carpet’, 1912
The Land of the Foggy Skies
It's A Long Way To Heaven 1945 Abner Dean
It’s A Long Way To Heaven 1945 Abner Dean
Ada front cover 2010 by Atak
Joseph Mugnaini (1912 – 1992) 1955 book cover illustration for The October Country by Ray Bradbury
1926, Illustration by Jose Carlos 1884 -1950
Leonard Weisgard
Princesse Camcam
Alfred Bestall
Karl Schrader
Nicolas Duffaut
Nicolas Duffaut
Umberto Brunelleschi, 1907
Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle, 1929
Our Little Friends of Norway Ola and Marit by Frances Carpenter, illustrated by Curtiss Sprague, 1936
Our Little Friends of Norway Ola and Marit by Frances Carpenter, illustrated by Curtiss Sprague, 1936

The palette of red, white and various shades of blue is used pretty widely across various types of storytelling, occasionally because of a French connection e.g. the picture books in the Anatole series.

Paul Galdone (1907-1986), American author and illustrator of children's books of Hungarian origin. Anatole and the Cat, 1958
Paul Galdone (1907-1986), American author and illustrator of children’s books of Hungarian origin. Anatole and the Cat, 1958.
THE COMPLEET MOLESWORTH (1958) Ronald Searle
THE COMPLEET MOLESWORTH (1958) Ronald Searle
Héri Hérouard, Flight from Pekin to Paris, 1928
Héri Hérouard, Flight from Pekin to Paris, 1928
Rockwell Kent The Holly and the Ivy
Rockwell Kent The Holly and the Ivy
THE BROCKBANK OMNIBUS (Perpetua, 1957) Russell Brockbank
THE BROCKBANK OMNIBUS (Perpetua, 1957) Russell Brockbank
The Lone Ranger Annual, Great Britain, World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd, 1953
The Lone Ranger Annual, Great Britain, World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd, 1953
Alfred Crocker Leighton (1901-1965) Canadian Pacific Chateau Lake Louise, Canadian Rockies 1938, artwork from the poster
JAMES BINGHAM Perry Mason – Saturday Evening Post – 1960

The addition of purple in the image below (uncomfortable for its censure of sexualised, youthful motherhood) really pops against the blue and red.

George Hughes. The young woman (the babysitter?) appears to have given the hot dog vendor the task of warming up the baby’s bottle. But she hasn’t purchased a hot dog; she’s bought a milkshake from elsewhere and is drinking it at his stand. Her purple bathing suit goes beautifully with the red and blue palette.
Roy Frederick Spreter (1899-1967)
Ernesto Garcia Cabral (Mexico, 1890-1968) red blue
Ernesto Garcia Cabral (Mexico, 1890-1968)
1936 November, cover by Ernest Hamlin Baker
A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet, edited by Red Skelton, illustrated by Jim Flora, pub Grosset & Dunlap 1965 cover
Mambo for Cats by Jim Flora
Mambo for Cats by Jim Flora
MICHIEL de geschiedenis van een mug (1940) Ruscha Wijdeveld
MICHIEL de geschiedenis van een mug (1940) Ruscha Wijdeveld
Japanese postcard from 1904
Japanese postcard from 1904
Anastasia Arkhipova, The Little Mermaid
Anastasia Arkhipova, The Little Mermaid
From The Sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak
1908 Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Secessionist style Dutch poster
from Japanese children's magazine, Kodomo no kuni
from Japanese children’s magazine, Kodomo no kuni

Switch the palette up just a little and you get…

KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt
KÄPTEN PILLEPEER (1967) by Hans Schmandt

DE VLIEGENDE KOGEL (1916) Jan Rinke red blue
DE VLIEGENDE KOGEL (1916) Jan Rinke red blue
DE AVONTUREN VAN TRUI HET RUITJESPAARD (1945) Carry Sassen
DE AVONTUREN VAN TRUI HET RUITJESPAARD (1945) Carry Sassen
DE AVONTUREN VAN TRUI HET RUITJESPAARD (1945) Carry Sassen
DE AVONTUREN VAN TRUI HET RUITJESPAARD (1945) Carry Sassen
Utagawa Yoshifuji, Toy zukushi, 1858 red blue collage
Utagawa Yoshifuji, Toy zukushi, 1858
Edward Eggleston, Pennsylvania Railroad travel poster, ca 1930 blue red
DE TOVERVOGEL (1963) Ted Schaap
DE TOVERVOGEL (1963) Ted Schaap
Michael Silver
Michael Silver
Girl and pug in an automobile, 1927 by Gerda Wegener red blue
Girl and pug in an automobile, 1927 by Gerda Wegener
Sultana by Henry Clive bird
Sultana by Henry Clive bird

Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world’s judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.

But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they’d placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick’s brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten—nor forgiven.

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Alphonse Pellet (1853-1926) Harem Beauty
central image is a drawing done by Edward Joseph Sullivan death
central image is a drawing done by Edward Joseph Sullivan
HMS Pinafore - D'Oyly Carte red blue
HMS Pinafore – D’Oyly Carte

How hard can it be to write a fantasy trilogy? From Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet comes an outrageously funny black comedy about an impoverished literary writer who makes a pact with the devil.

Award-winning YA author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip—allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien—is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly dark comedy described by one U.K. reviewer as “totally insane in the best way possible.”

Sergey Gerasimov (Russia, 1885 – 1964) At Maslovka,Evening, 1958 window night red chairs
Lemon girl young adult novella

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