I’m embarrassed to admit that I let two weeks go by without working on a single illustration. Not good. While I sort of have an excuse for the first week (playing 6 shows and 3 rehearsals in 5 days doesn’t leave much time for anything else), my only excuse for last week was that I was too busy eating gourmet meals, swimming and loon-watching at my mom’s lakeside cabin in NH.
Not surprisingly, today when I sat down at my drafting table, rusty is an understatement for how I felt. As a result, I don’t have much I’m proud to post, but here at least is a sampling of what I attempted…
(Trust me when I say that you don’t need to see the rest of this composition!)
The famed jewelry house of Van Cleef and Arpels is credited with having introduced this new style of jewelry in 1939 at the World’s Fair in New York. In the aftermath of WWII, platinum was in short supply. Jewelers resorted to using colored golds together with small gemstones (such as the small melee diamonds above), to create larger-than-life jewelry. The influence of Hollywood movies of this time offered an escape from the wartime mood and further inspired this period of fantastic and bold jewelry. Unlike Art Deco jewelry which preceded the war, Retro jewelry turned away from both the geometric lines and the stark color contrasts to create more rounded shapes and softer colors. Other hallmarks of this period include: