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  • Writer's pictureLana Casiello-Boyle

Announcing Changes to the Original AD Marker Color Range

A Rosé by any other name... would be Flesh

What is Flesh? This is the question that has confused artists, instructors, and designers recently. Flesh is the muscle and connective tissue in a body. P-149 Flesh and P-147 Pale Flesh were developed to meet the needs of anatomical illustrators who sought to replicate the colors of muscle and connective tissue. However, the term "flesh" is often confused with "skin." And it's no wonder since the term "flesh tone" has been used in art to discuss creating skin colors in portraiture. We hear you, it is confusing! To reduce confusion and to broaden the consideration of the colors to artists outside of anatomical illustration, P-149 Flesh has been renamed Rosé and P-147 Pale Flesh has changed to Pale Rosé. Cheers!

Suntan: The end of a 70s trend

If you've read the About section of our webpage, you'd know that Original AD Markers were developed in the mid-1970s. We could spend endless paragraphs discussing all the cool things that artists drew from the era. While bellbottoms might be cool, suntans have left us out in the cold. Today we know the risks of prolonged sun exposure and "Suntan" is a color that could use an updated name. P-140 Suntan is now Pink Sand, as it is more accurately related to the color Sand (P-142) in the color chart than to any sort of cancerous skin condition.

Shades of Gray

We've formulated a new color for P-230 Basic Gray #5. This color change makes Basic Gray #5 fit in the color range with Basic Grays #1-4. If you've liked the original Basic Gray #5, have no fear, it's still in the line as P-180 Steel.

You can download an updated version of our full color chart

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