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Yesterday the postman brought the lovely latest edition of Varoom, the AOI's magazine. I read Robert Mason's article on plagiarism in which, at one point, he denounces the 'endemic "default black" line that so many current illustrators allow to separate and destroy the colours in their work'. I know what he means, and I'm trying not to be so dependent on black outlines all the time. Regarding the thorny issue of plagiarism, I've borrowed the colour palette from an Agatha Christie cover that I blogged about earlier. Is this plagiarism? I don't think so: I've added another colour, drawn the figures in my own way and changed the subject matter, but the other cover's influence is still very clear. I'm kind of embarrassed that I can't remember the other illustrator's name. (Does anyone here know?)

Rummaging under my desk, I found some postcards I bought in Prague, designed by Jiri Votruba. I'm not so keen on his paintings, but I love the colours and simplicity of the illustrations and graphic design on his website.


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Dec. 11th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, black outlines are always so tempting! :-D
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Nice illo!
I have always loved the black outline, but now you've encouraged me to think otherwise. Thanks, I needed that!

I really like the scuff texture on your browns.
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice illo!
Thanks! Yes, black's so addictive! I used to wear black trousers all the time because I thought they 'went' with everything until I realised that sometimes black actually kills the other colours. Not always, though, I still love black outlines... :-)
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Haha! I've been ranting against black lines all my life! ONE DAY the world will listen!!!
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, perhaps it shall. Thanks so much for sending that photo, I've mentioned it in the next post.
Dec. 20th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
I Love your Agatha COver !

love the sniff sniff :D
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'd like to try reworking this picture in watercolour at some point, just to see how it would look. :-)
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