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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.


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.


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 colorful 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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Travel in Style
Two striking designs created by Colin Elgie are used on the tail fins of Eurowing's aeroplanes.
Greetings From Canada
Seven retro-style postcards are designed and illustrated by Colin Elgie for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company.
Ireland's Beauty
Colin Elgie creates ten evocative artworks for The Canvas Works in Ireland.
The Great Indoors
Colin Elgie's tongue in cheek series for Xfinity
Sandstone Railroad
Colin Elgie produces a retro poster for the Sandstone Railroad in South Africa.
Miniature Railways
Colin Elgie illustrates the front cover of Chris Arnot's 'Small Island by Little Train’.
Las Vegas Convention
Colin Elgie creates a dazzling poster for Royal Prestige.
Kentish Beer
Colin Elgie creates beer label illustrations for a Kent based brewery.
Summer is Here!
Colin Elgie creates a feel-good illustration for the front cover of Reader's Digest.
Illustrator Profile - Colin Elgie
Colin Elgie has a retro-inspired, clear & graphic style.
Shortbread Stag
In Tesco stores now, Colin Elgie's stag illustration proudly decorates tins of shortbread biscuits.
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