The brief's key points:
- Buy a newspaper with a supplement and go through cutting out any article that contains an illustration.
- Analyse the type of illustration
- Now imagine that you’ve have been commissioned by the paper to create an illustration. Your task is to provide a visual interpretation of one of the headings below:
- How green is your food?
- The best restaurant in town.
- Loves me, loves me not
- Throwing your money away
- The object of my desire
- Finding your family history
- An interview with Melvin Bragg
- Paris, still the best place on earth
- Working within the size of one of the images that you analysed earlier, create a visual in response to your ideas.
- When you’ve created a line visual that you feel is appropriate for the article go to the artwork stage.
- Using materials and a stylistic approach which you feel comfortable with, translate your visual into artwork.
- In your learning log note down the types of editorial illustration you related to most positively, the early ideas you considered, and the process by which you decided what aspects of the text you wanted to focus on.
Firstly I went through the newspapers I had available and found a couple of goog examples for this exercise. However, I already knew if I'd get involved with editorial work it would be more with magazines since I feel one can aim for a bit more of an artisctic approach rather than diagramtic or comics.
I chose the title "How green is your food?" and the searched for an article that would elaborate more on the topic. This is the article I chose: www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-does-green-diet-look
Since the article spoke about a type of diet that is good for humans and for the enviroment at the same time, I wanted to evoke and overall feeling of wellbeing.
I also wanted the illustration to give information about the article but not to be literal and realistic. In the end I was very happy with my sketch.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication