Yellow and Black in Illustration

Yellow and black is a fairly common palette in illustration. Hildilid’s Night, Mo’s Moustache, The Happy Day, My Heart and Float are a few picture book examples utilising a greyscale palette with the addition of yellow.

Marc Simont, illustration for The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss, 1949 accent colour
Marc Simont, illustration for The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss, 1949
Marcello Dudovich, 1905 black hat on yellow background, the inverse of how yellow is mostly used as a spot colour.
Illustration by Oreste Vereisky, 1960
Illustration by Oreste Vereisky, 1960