Just before Christmas NASA released a bunch of fake tourism posters in a 1930s style for exoplanets which are outside our solar system. I only saw them this week and they instantly reminded me of the classic British Railways tourism posters of the early 1900s, which defined (for me) brilliant examples of classic poster art.
(As an aside, I went to a Magritte exhibition in Liverpool a few years ago and it had huge amounts of the work he did for ad agencies; like most artists in order to survive he had to take on commercial work which wasn’t signed or included in catalogues or otherwise “official”. Why is it the vast majority of artists only seem to have their work make millions after they’re dead? Sigh.)
The most iconic of these is “Skegness is SO bracing!“, so well known that it’s still used as promotional material over a century after it was produced. It’s an amazing piece of humour and of course is embedded in our national psyche.
I couldn’t resist the mashup – the exoplanet tourism and equating Skegess with Mars – so did a quick sketch and watercoloured it.
I’m ever so sorry. And I’m probably going to go back and do better, cleaner versions of it, too. I’ll try not to subject you to those.