Red, Black, and White
The final published illustration
I've worked with the colors red, black, and white for years, in gallery installations, books, and illustrations. I just like the simplicity and graphic quality of that color combination. Lately, I've been doing my sketches in color directly in Photoshop when I decide to go with a minimal palette. I think the spot colors are part of the idea and help make the point far better than a line drawing. In general, I don't send color sketches because I like to have the option to change my mind on colors when I go to final. Clients get used to a certain color scheme if they see it in the sketch.
Below are many of the sketches for this assignment, sometimes I just move things around slightly on the sketches to show how small changes can say different things. You can see some of that in these: