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Colin Elgie

Colin Elgie

Colin Elgie - 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.
Cookbook cover design for "Cucina di Amalfi"
Colin Elgie
Places and Locations of Flower Stalls in Historic Palermo
Colin Elgie
Vintage poster of Seaplane startling colorful parrots
Colin Elgie
Illustration for an editorial featuring Bolgheri wine
Colin Elgie
Irish Skellig Islands ad poster
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie's Al Stewart CD Box Artwork
Colin Elgie
Mr. Finchley's vacation is shown in a GIF
Colin Elgie
Vintage postcard showing Mont-Tremblant sights
Colin Elgie
BBC Countryfile Magazine's Windsor Castle River Thames cover
Colin Elgie
Tourism Poster of Dingle, Ireland's colourful streets
Colin Elgie
Architecture of the buildings in Kanmare, Ireland
Colin Elgie
Discworld fantasy tower for Orion Publishing
Colin Elgie
Iconic Cuban objects for EuroWings Airline tail fin
Colin Elgie
Masterpiece for an editorial about Italian Bolgheri wines
Colin Elgie
Poster of Kenmare shopping street
Colin Elgie
Cute food illustration for Italian Cookery Book Contorni Section
Colin Elgie
Delicious Cakes for Italian Cookery Book, Dolci Section
Colin Elgie
A female yoga practitioner with her dog
Colin Elgie
Italian Cooking Book Pasta Section illustration
Colin Elgie
Scene of Victorian-era-inspired bicycling in the park
Colin Elgie
Poster Illustration of Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse
Colin Elgie
Retro style cover for "Fly Away Paul" book
Colin Elgie
Digital Madness Matchbox
Colin Elgie
Pastische Retro style book cover of "Polycarps Progress"
Colin Elgie
Retro poster of Xfinity's The Great Indoors
Colin Elgie
Retro postcard with pictorial letters Vancouver landmarks
Colin Elgie
Book cover design of "Fountain Inn"
Colin Elgie
Advertisement Featuring Slea Head
Colin Elgie
Iconic landmarks buildings in Las Vegas for Euro Wings
Colin Elgie
Xfinity ISP breakfast poster
Colin Elgie
Formula One circuit in Melbourne
Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie's Dingle travel poster
Colin Elgie
Poster showing a man and dog washing TV
Colin Elgie
Advertisement for Dick Mack's pub
Colin Elgie
Nascar racing regarding electric race cars
Colin Elgie
Bottles of wine on an oak barrel in a wine cellar.
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
Young woman working remotely at home
Colin Elgie
Moose illustration | Animal style gallery
Colin Elgie
Stag illustration | Animal style gallery
Colin Elgie
Retro postcard with pictorial letters for Niagara Falls landmarks
Colin Elgie
woman in bed with lots of cats and laptop computer
Colin Elgie
Illustration for Der Spiegel series
Colin Elgie
An illustration of couple in a fifties Buick car
Colin Elgie
An illustration of a woman cycling
Colin Elgie
Couple drinking champagne illustration by Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie
An illustration a woman at the beach under a sun parasol
Colin Elgie
An illustration of Swan in lake
Colin Elgie
Line drawing of beach scene
Colin Elgie
Line art of car race
Colin Elgie
An Illustration of a power generator
Colin Elgie
An illustration of a jet engine for Lucas Aerospace
Colin Elgie
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