If you’re a long time reader to Brown Paper Bag, you know that I love color. I’ve spent more than a month (so far) on the The Color Series, which chronicles illustration, embroidery, and even sketchbooks to show how creatives will utilize a single color in their work. So far, I’ve selected vibrant colors like pink, green, and purple. But today, let’s back off from brilliant blue and set our sights on gray illustrations(or grey, for those across the pond).
Gray is often regarded as dreary or melancholy, like a cloudy day as it begins to rain. Many of the illustrations I’ve chosen show just that; the hue is perfect for a wintery scene. In these moments, the image feels quiet; Imagine walking outside during a snowstorm; that’s when gray is at its best.
Gray illustrations are often of landscapes, and this neutral hue makes an image feel quiet—even if it’s trying to scream. Check out how 20 illustrators use the hue, below.
Nastia Sleptsova (on Brown Paper Bag)