Being an Art Director and Editorial Illustrator

Left to right: Original sketches and ideas, final illustration

So for our final task of our Illustration Applications module, we were asked to pair up with someone in class and be both the art director and editorial illustrator, choosing an article for each other. The article given to me was ‘Fight to Preserve The Last Ecosystem Stalls’ from New Scientist magazine. It was about the Ross Sea Proposal, where a meeting was set up by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, to decide whether to turn the area into a marine protected area.

My first idea was illustrating the most important predatory fish of the area, the Antarctic Toothfish – it is often sold around the world as Chilean sea bass which is where the tags come in. My second idea was to try and illustrate the landscape a little, as well as the sea to portray the animals living there. Myself and my art director/partner Nuala agreed that the first idea was much stronger, so off I went to colour it in. I used the same technique as with my other editorials as I think it worked quite well. I’m quite pleased with the outcome and so was Nuala. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t have much to say about being an art director – I didn’t have to direct much and I really liked Nuala’s idea and final outcome. I’ve really enjoyed the editorial illustration projects, it’s good to have a project where you can get some experience and insight into one of the many jobs that could be for an illustrator. I also kind of liked the short deadlines weirdly! I think it was good to sit down and just get some ideas out and work on that. I’m used to working quite quickly as well. Hopefully in future we can do more or I may try some out in the holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

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