Telling a Story
I’ve had a few opportunities to illustrate editorial and feature content for the publication Education News (now United Voices). Like any illustration project, I typically begin with rough sketches based on the content of the story or feature. This particular story dealt with the North Dakota state legislature and how divided the session was shaping up to be on a number of issues. Choosing the symbolism of the familiar ‘thumbs up/down’ visual helped convey the division between the House and Senate. Because this particular illustration was to be used on the cover, I had to factor in how the nameplate would fit into the layout. After a series of working files to determine scale and placement, an inking was done and converted to vector where the areas of flat color were added. The finished cover was executed utilizing texture and halftones in Photoshop.