Pink in Illustration

In the last half century or so pink has increasingly become femme coded. This wasn’t the case before the second world war.

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Red Blue and Yellow Dominant In Artwork

Poster by A. Ballester, 1941 ‘Good Morning Madrid’ with Maria Mercader – Poster by Ballester (probably), 1943 Roger Broders (1883 – 1953) 1928 travel poster illustration for India Railways Lois Gaigg poster for Lloyd Express 1932 ships Movie Poster by A. Ballester, 1942 My Trip Abroad Ruth Eastman (1882 – 1976) THE SHADOW STRIKES. (Vintage……

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Autumn Colours in Illustration

Woman's World Magazine November 1931 Autumn Oak Tree Cover

The basic meaning of ‘autumn colour’ is clear. Even within that palette, there is a huge variety of hues illustrators use to depict fall. Below are examples including realism and heightened, saturated fantasy colours.

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The Colour Purple Symbolism

Before the concept for ‘blue’ existed, Homer wrote famously in The Odyssey of the “wine-dark sea.” Sure, it might’ve looked purple even to a contemporary audience, but we know from other writings around the world that the concept of ‘blue’ was late to enter human consciousness. “The Odyssey” suggests that blue was included the concept……

Symbolism Of The Colour Blue

Henry Scott Tuke - August Blue 1894

In the “Odyssey”, Homer famously describes the “wine-dark sea.” Well, that’s poetic, isn’t it? Chesley Bonestell, Primordial Earth, Formation of the Earth, interior book illustration, 1978, first for LIFE mag, 1952. Before the colour of blue existed, did the concept exist? Were people seeing something more like this? But there’s a reason he didn’t just……