Editorial Rotation Brief

Editorial Brief 1: Squatting in UK 

My response for the article was to depict selfishness and inequality of property hoarding amidst the homelessness crisis in UK.

Property Hoarding amidst homelessness crisis

Composition deliberations: 

  1. I played around with scale and arrangement to portray the power inequality: the property hoarder are in the foreground while the homeless people are small and cast in his shadow in the background.
  2. Colours: I use red to symbolise power; an array of bright and colourful houses to create the feelings of pretty toys played by the property hoarder; and yellow with the intention to symbolise decay. I wanted to create a more gloomy and dirty situation of the homeless people in the background with textural pencil strokes; instead, I think because of my unconfident renderings, it made the image really dirty and unprofessional-looking?

Artistic Influences:

For this outcome, I was very much influenced by Jean Jullien’s simple, direct and humorous visual language with his black brushstroke outline. However, I tried to steer away from being too similar and decided to experiment more with the colours and textures of the medium. I decided to use colour pencils and watercolour (something which I don’t really use) after being introduced to Laura Carlin’s works. The issue was, even though I really like how Laura Carlin makes her images-the textures and kind of drawing techniques, I couldn’t fathom how she goes about doing it and it showed in my final outcome: the unconfident and indecisive strokes >.<


Generally I think I did well for this brief in the sense that I like how simple and direct my message was being conveyed though I believed my stylistic renderings could be further improved.

Editorial Brief 2: Surf for Love, Not for Gold

My final response for this brief was to focus on the exasperation of surf lovers faced in the situation of overcrowded surf spots from the popularisation and commercialisation of the spot: ‘Where am I going to surf now?’

Again, I think my idea and image was really straightforward; but once again, I faced issues in making the image. I attribute it to my lack of familiarity with the mediums.

First, I wanted to use Illustrator to make my image digitally. I thought it would be so much easy as I wouldn’t need to literally draw a sea of surfers. However, it failed because I couldn’t master the skills of doing so within the short time frame.

Next, I was into colour pencils because I thought that might be the medium Laura Carlin was using and they could be the tool for me to create similar textures. ALL WRONG AGAIN! Halfway through, I decided to scan my image and the effect on computer was HORRIBLE (in the sense that the colours are way too light and thin):

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Photograph image of work in colour pencil initally

Henceforth, I decided to go back to my usual medium-acrylics and coloured all over it.

Overall reflections from editorial rotation briefs:

  1. Editorial illustrations appeal to me because I like the process of analysing text and exploring which elements to focus and how the illustration could possibly influence readers when reading the article; also
  2. I feel more comfortable responding to an article probably because the scope is much smaller but you have to remain in context with the article
  3. I really need to learn photoshop and illustrator!!!!!
  4. Even at this point, I feel that I still havent had a single medium which I could feel very comfortable and confident with. I am kinda trying all over the place but not in-depth enough to produce any improvements.
  5. Still not exactly clear about the digital processes involved in editorial illustration commissions but it highlights me on the necessity to understand about the digital processing of artwork ready for prints.
Editorial Rotation Brief

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