1001 Black Men–#164

I was feeling kind of retro when I did this drawing. I came across a reprint of a book by one of my favorite childhood illustrators, M. Sasek and I decided that the table, background, and color scheme of today’s drawing should invoke his wonderfully simple and evocative designs. The bold colors and cut-out style shapes in his work bring to mind the best of think of mid-century illustration and design, an aesthetic that has been adopted (and adapted) by contemporary artists like Shag. The background in this drawing is based on a photo of an authentic 1950s wallpaper pattern, repeated and then recolored to match the brown and blue color scheme of the rest of the piece.


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