Editoral Illustration: Rich People Just Care Less.


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.




Picture, Palette, Story Project.

Final Images

This was our first project for the second year and for it we had to create a series of six illustrations of either ‘Bliss’ by Catherine Mansfield, ‘The Hitchhiker’ by Roald Dahl or a story of our own inspired by both. We also had to choose a colour palette inspired by the work of David Hockney of Pablo Picasso. My illustrations are for a story of my own inspired by both ‘Bliss’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’ with a colour palette inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period. The story involves a woman becoming overwhelmed by a feeling of bliss within her so she removes her own heart and buries it. A pear tree then grows from the place where the heart was buried but a thief steals a single pear causing the tree and heart to both wither and die.

The illustrations consist of an quink ink wash background with gouache paint over the top for the main image and detailing. I also used bleach on top of the quink ink to create the light effect in the images. Below is the original image I used for the fifth illustration, depicting a vague figure reaching up to steal a pear from the tree. I agreed with the feedback from our critique that this image didn’t work as well as the others so I replaced it with the simpler image of the hand holding a pear creating a stronger consistency throughout the images.