Pratt BFA Communications Design Thesis

Bailey Kirshner Graphic Design

Red and Blue

Artist Books
Fine Art

This thesis undertakes an exhaustive and obsessive exploration of the colors red and blue through the mediums in which I work, while also comparing and contrasting the colors as they appear physically and digitally.

Why red and blue? One day I was drawing in class and only had a red and blue pen with me. I was forced to draw everything with these two colors, even things that aren’t traditionally red or blue. This created an obsession. I was fascinated with the way these drawings of various subject matter looked with just these two colors. From that point forward, I decided I was only going to draw with red and blue, and to use them in as many ways as possible. Through doing this, I developed strong associations with, and a sense for, these two colors. I could pick a person, an object, or a place and decide which one felt more red and which felt more blue. I then took this a step further after noticing the various hues these colors can be perceived to be based on the medium used. I also noticed a great limitation with the two colors based on the different media, usually more so with red than with blue. I decided that this topic needed to be explored further…

For more information on each individual project, please visit my thesis website linked below!