Color-Henry Buehler

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 8: JoJolion by Hirohiko Araki

The colored works of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure are all examples of artistic excellence and this cover of JoJolion is no exception. The static and comparatively muted shade of salmon that serves as the background makes everything else in the picture pop and stand out. The use of shading in the font, the leaves the protagonist is holding onto, the shading of the protagonist’s clothes, and even some harder to see shading on the tree, sign, and fence in the background add darker tones. These tones mix very well with a variety of muted yet vivid colors: The purple roof and strangely blue colored leaves stand pop more with shading and especially compliment the salmon pink background and white logo in the forefront.

The color design of the protagonists clothing also adds some more earthy shades to the work. His tan shirt and pants make his reddish-pink anchor pin and shoelaces stand out. His golden belt buckle, the gold pin of his ascot, his yellow and green colored “stand” (the thing behind him), the yellow sun pin with the reddish-pink background, and his undershirt and boxers (both bright pink and yellow) all add much brighter colors to the mix that stand out against the more saturated salmon background and darker shaded blue leaves.

Lastly, I feel that this cover is very pleasing and even “fun” to look at. The work itself is very colorful and vivid, yet very tame. The use of shading, color coordination, unusual colorization, and carefully placed colors make this a joy to look at as your eyes move around the page. The feel is “exotic”, yet it doesn’t use a single tone of color to help shape its image.

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