Cave paintings are the earliest form of human Graphic Design. They are the first pictographs that humans had used to visually communicate. They go back to thousands and thousands of years ago to what was recently discovered 40,000 BCE. The oldest form of a cave painting are the outline of human hands pressed against the cave’s cavernous rock. The purpose of the cave paintings were used as a way of visually communicating to other members and future members of the tribe to educate and also to document certain amenities such as dangerous animals, trade and which animals can be hunted and eaten. Abstract images were also present such as signs and symbols.
Cave paintings that were black and white were called mono-chromatic paintings while on the other hand a poly chrome painting was made of coloured pigments and shading.
To create these symbols the cave men artists as you could call them used charcoal or manganese for monochrome cave art and for poly chromatic depictions they used red ochre or natural pigments that they could use and find around them and then they grinded them to create these pigments.
Cave paintings have developed and evolved over the millennium to now what is known as today as signs and symbols for example traffic signs which are a universal language that all nationalities can understand and depicting meanings that mean such as do not enter, you will be shot etc.
Cave Paintings. 2015. Cave Paintings. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.artchive.com/artchive/C/cave.html. [Accessed 15 November 2015].html
In Photos: The World’s Oldest Cave Art. 2015. In Photos: The World’s Oldest Cave Art. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.livescience.com/48199-worlds-oldest-cave-art-photos.html. [Accessed 15 November 2015]
Cave Painting, Prehistoric: Characteristics, Origins, Types. 2015. Cave Painting, Prehistoric: Characteristics, Origins, Types. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/prehistoric/cave-painting.htm#characteristics. [Accessed 15 November 2015]