We were given a editorial brief which involved choosing one of two articles, Is it ever OK to photograph strangers on a train? by Neil Frizzell for The Guardian or Rich People Just Care Less by Daniel Goleman, and then creating one fished illustration for the chosen article. We were told in our brief to consider the core idea and message of the article, how we would like the audience to respond to our illustration as well as what the actual illustration would look like. I choose to illustrate the Rich People article and below are the three images I presented in my critique. The main idea/message of the article was the rich people are insensitive to the feelings of people from lower classes and I choose to represent this idea using a traditional Victorian couple ignoring and walking away from a smaller being. I initially started with the idea of a Totem pole, with the rich people at the top and the poor people at the bottom, and then played around with the idea of using the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys to represent the richer peoples unknown ignorance.
I used Victorians because I didn’t want to use a lot of detail in this piece and I thought that the use of Victorians would immediately be associated with wealth, but I was told in my critique that the use of Victorians was irrelevant to the article and to update the couple to a more modern one.
Below are my compositions and ideas for the more modern take on the article as well as the redone final pieces for the project.