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Master strokes
Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Detail of item O29.
July 09, 2014

Master strokes

By: zacharysachs

I’m surprised I haven’t brought this up before (or only in passing), considering that on any given tour that includes the Seymour Chwast collection, it’s what I invariably find myself babbling about. One of the key aspects of the originals by Seymour and Milton Glaser is the effect of layering devices in analog composition process. Chwast’s characteristic style is often — with amazing precision — composed of paper cut to shape upon which a clear sheet overlays the black outline. It’s incredibly meticulous. It’s a little tricky to demonstrate this in photographs and needless to say this is only one example among many.

A close up photo of a colorful illustration of a crowd of people on and climbing on to an elephant. In the close up we can see the closer and the outlines of the drawings are separated into two different layers. The outline is drawn onto a clear cel.

 
Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Detail of item O29.

A close up photo of the bottom of the elephant illustration. The illustration lays on a thick paper which has a labeled with "Shoot Line and color separately Then combine" written on it.

 
Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Detail of item O29.

A photo of the elephant illustration. The outline drawing cel is laid on top of the coloring paper and it forms into one piece. The coloring are bright, with neon light orange decorations on the grey elephant, that is walking in a green field. The crowd of people wear all colorful different clothing.

 
Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Item O29.