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Colin Elgie

Colin Elgie's Photo - Retro inspired illustrator. UK

For the look and feel of the iconic poster artwork of the 1930s and 40s, Colin Elgie is the illustrator to call. Vastly experienced, he began his career in the 1970s working with Prog Rock giants like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Peter Gabriel, and today his style is as clear and graphic as ever as he delivers impactful retro imagery for clients in publishing, travel and entertainment.
Based in the Kent countryside, Colin works from his home studio and is inspired by Harry Beck, Charles and Ray Eames and Jonathan Ive. He trained at East Ham Technical College where he took a Licentiateship of the Society of Industrial Art and Design. It included graphic design, copywriting, photography, graphics and illustration.

Approach

Colin’s approach to image making is to keep it simple. If elements in the illustration aren’t needed to get the idea across, he leaves them out. First and foremost, illustration is very much a communication tool. Beginning with a traditionally sketched rough, he works on his Mac to create his final illustrations using Photoshop or Illustrator.

Style

Strongly composed and graphic looking, Colin’s work takes on board many of the aesthetics of the great poster designs of the 30s and 40s. Many of his pieces have an appealing and colourful vintage-made-modern look to them.

Client list

Some of Colin’s clients include Samsung, Comcast, Range Rover, Peugeot, World Health Organisation, The Times, Penguin Random House, Japanese Airlines and Honda.
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An illustration of a graphic hen
Colin Elgie
Line drawing of beach scene
Colin Elgie
Woman riding car illustration by Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Line art of car race
Colin Elgie
An illustration of a fireworks poster
Colin Elgie
Jewellers stationery | Graphic design style gallery
Colin Elgie
An illustration of a science fiction rocket sits on a launch pad
Colin Elgie
An illustration of black and white stag
Colin Elgie
An illustration of baby nappies
Colin Elgie
Illustration of the 'Green Man for a book on Beermat Mandalas
Colin Elgie
An Illustration of a telegraph newspaper for a motoring column
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
An Illustration of a power generator
Colin Elgie
An illustration of a jet engine for Lucas Aerospace
Colin Elgie
A traditional illustration of Indian Henna designs
Colin Elgie
An illustration of cover design for Wiggins
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
An illustration of cove a kingfisher diving down
Colin Elgie
Poster Illustration of Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse
Colin Elgie
Poster for Kenmare showing a colourful shopping street with old vintage cars on the road.
Colin Elgie
Poster Illustration for the Skellig Islands in Ireland
Colin Elgie
Retro postcard with pictorial letters Vancouver landmarks
Colin Elgie
Poster for Kenmare showing a colourful shopping street
Colin Elgie
Man having breakfast
Colin Elgie
Tom Petty
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Man with Dog watching TV
Colin Elgie
Nascar pit lane mechanics at work on racing car
Colin Elgie
Window shoppers illustration by Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Retro postcard with pictorial letters Newfoundland landmarks
Colin Elgie
An illustration of dockside travel poster
Colin Elgie
Illustration of an airplane on steamed train
Colin Elgie
Woman doing yoga with her dog
Colin Elgie
Young woman working remotely at home
Colin Elgie
Moose illustration | Animal style gallery
Colin Elgie
Stag illustration | Animal style gallery
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Retro postcard with pictorial letters for Niagara Falls landmarks
Colin Elgie
A portrait of Mozart in contemporary style
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
woman in bed with lots of cats and laptop computer
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Illustration for Der Spiegel series
Colin Elgie
An illustration of couple in a fifties Buick car
Colin Elgie
Rocket illustration | Mural style gallery
Colin Elgie
Kicking Horse illustration | Animal style gallery
Colin Elgie
An illustration of a woman cycling
Colin Elgie
An llustration of Tyskie beer stamp design
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
A portrait illustration of Kevin Pietersen
Colin Elgie
Couple drinking champagne illustration by Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
An illustration of stamps from exotic countries
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
An illustration a woman at the beach under a sun parasol
Colin Elgie
An llustration of ski champion Maria Reisch
Colin Elgie
An illustration of Swan in lake
Colin Elgie
An aeroplane taking off illustration by Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
Hen illustration | Animal style gallery
Colin Elgie
Portrait illustration of a Hell's Angel Harley Davidson
Colin Elgie