Overall Project Description:

Create an Editorial Illustration for an article in a magazine, printed or online.

In Part 1 of the assignment, you’ll find an article for source material for your editorial illustration. You’ll generate ideas through brainstorming, and you’ll find new ones through research. Make sure you have an article that you are passionate about. You’ll need to do some reading! (If you are feeling stuck you can bring two articles in. It might also be good to have a back-up.) We can discuss which one makes more sense. I also suggest using an article this is not older than three months. It’s best to stay current. The more recent the better.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, etc.

Magazines: Feel free to use others. I’m open to magazines of specific interests; skateboarding, cooking, pets, video games, etc.


Research:  Find an article from a legitimate news source, online or printed, about a topic that you are passionate about or find particularly interesting, as source material for your editorial illustration. Carefully read and analyze the article.

Brainstorm:  Using the Word Web method we’ve used for earlier assignments, write down all of the key words you can think of related to the article.  Be sure to include the actions – what is happening, not just who, what, or where.

Word Web Method using JAPAN, NEW YORK, CENTRAL PARK as key words

Write: A short blog post on open lab in response to the article.

Who does this article matter?  Highlight particular areas of interest to you.  Share the article (a link or scan in the first page of the article) as well as your brainstorm and any images you may consider using in the future as reference material.

Discuss: Prepare a brief presentation of your chosen article and brainstorm ideas.

You’ll come up with concepts during next week’s class.

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