Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 273/274 Illustration I & II
Project 8: Newspaper Editorial Spot Illustration

 

Instructor: Liza Wynette

Objective

To develop conceptual thinking skills. To apply composition and illustration skills to real-world visual communication problems.

Secondary Objective

To utilize the Adobe Creative Suite as an illustration and production tool.

Description

Create an editorial illustration that visually communicates the main theme of a newspaper feature article. Your client is The News-Gazette. The print specifications for this project is as follows:

  • the illustration must be in black and white only (no color or tints)
  • reproduction size is at least three column inches wide (see mechanical specs)
  • depth is open
  • portfolio presentation can also include a larger version of the art (optional)

Your final illustration must show an understanding of unity, emphasis and balance.

Procedure

1. Research for inspiration:: Research existing editorial illustrations (national publications such as USA Today and The New York Times will have the most examples). Look specifically for creative concepts. Read the article, try to re-construct the illustrator’s thought process. Scan your favorite examples and publish your research on your personal process page for critique (be sure to caption each image and cite the source). Be prepared to explain why these examples are successful. 

2. Marketing research: Research newspaper feature articles that do NOT contain an illustration (they may have photographs). Choose an article and write a brief describing which main point of the article you want to illustrate and defend your choice (see sample ). Scan and publish the original article as part of your brief on your process page. Have your brief reviewed by the Writing Lab, then email your brief as an attached Word file or a shared Google Doc to lwynette@parkland.edu (instructions).

3. Incubation: Absorb the information you have gathered and sleep on it. Allow your unconscious mind to make connections for you. 

4. Develop the concept: In your sketchbook begin to conceptualize ideas for this project (see examples of sketches). Make at least 10 sketches of all possible directions you might take this project. Edit your concepts down to your best three ideas and redraw them on 8.5 x 11 white paper using a felt tip pen. Scan (scale/crop in Photoshop: no wider than 1000 pixels), increase the contrast (see tutorial) and publish your concepts on your personal Process Page for critique. Be prepared to discuss how your design fulfills the client's marketing objectives. Also print your sketches for your Process Book.

5. Proof: Based on the critique of the above, use the computer to execute at least two versions of your best idea (present at least one proof with an alternate font choice). Publish one multi-page low-res PDF (instructions) linked from your Process Page for critique. Be prepared to talk about what design principles are utilized in your design. Also print a high-quality color proof for your Process Book.

6. Final critique: Based on the critique of the above, revise your design (if needed), then print a final proof on 11x17 paper for critique (see printing tips). Prepare a presentation to justify your design decisions. Also publish one multi-page high-res PDF (instructions) on your personal Process Page.

7. Grading: Based on the critique above, refine your design (if needed). Submit two copies of your work for grading. One proof will be returned to you after grading. File the graded proof in your Process Book for individual review along with all the preliminary work you did for the project (research, brief, sketches, preliminary proofs, final proof). Review your Process Page and make sure you have an accurate record of your process. Also submit one multi-page high-res PDF (instructions) via Cobra's dropbox. You will not receive full credit for this project if any of the above elements are missing.  

8. Portfolio preparation: If you are happy with the results of this project, consider including it in your portfolio. If necessary, continue to make refinements until you are 100% satisfied with the project. Be sure to back-up all your files for future editing.

9. Extra credit: Submit your project into next year's student show by printing an art gallery quality proof and mounting it on foam board. Also prepare an archival quality JPEG (see example) (1000px wide, no larger than 200K) and submit your project using the online entry form at gds.parkland.edu/show. Your project may win a cash prize and be published in a showcase of student work on Parkland's website.


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