Overall Project Description:


Create an Editorial Illustration for use to accompany an article in a magazine, printed or online. This project is broken into stages with peer critique and critical feedback given at each stage, spanning 4 weeks in total.

  • The final illustration must be created using a limited palate of black, white, and one or two other colors
  • It should be made using a combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.
  • Final art should be made to fit the real magazine’s specs. (Approx 9” x12”)

Work will be judged on the clarity and cleverness of the overall concept, thoughtful utilization of composition, the use of value, and of course the skillfulness of overall technique.



  1. 50 % project grade Submit a PDF PROCESS BOOK guiding us through the project from inception to conclusion. Carefully SCAN your process work. This should include : Your Source Material,  Brainstorm, Thumbnails, Concept Sketches, Value Roughs, Related Sketchbook Work, and Final Art. Carefully Label all of your work so that your thought process is CLEAR. Be sure all of it is presented well: facing the right way, no shadows in the picture, good contrast, etc.
  2. 50 % project grade Submit a publication ready 300 DPI JPEG of Final ART








My topic for project 3

*I don’t know why but openlab isn’t letting me put the link… but the name of the article is “Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics” from the New York Times.*

My topic is about how black hair can get “entangled” in society and in political issue. I choice this topic being that I am an African American woman with tight coily hair, I could relate to the black girls and women being discriminated and bashed for their hair (it hasn’t happened to me but I want to speak out on this issue, visually). Another thing is that, this issue isn’t so much recognized in the list of social issues, and it is even often disregarded. Everyone needs to be aware of this issue because rejecting and depriving someone because of what naturally grows out of their head leads to decline of self esteem, especially to the younger generation. So this isn’t an physical issue, but a mentality issue as well. People would often say, “well it’s just hair”, well, this hair is being rejected from jobs, suspended/expelled, from schools and bashed even by the U.S government. So yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. As for the article. it discusses hair discrimination not only in politics but in society as well, yet it isn’t seen as an serious issue. I like the title of this article, Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics, you can almost sense the tiredness and the “ugh, not again” in the title, which helped me visually what I want for a concept. As for my idea, I want to visually represent what us black women and girls have to go through today because of hair discrimination through metaphor.

Project 3: Editorial Illustration Research

The topic I chose to focus project 3 on is how black youth tend to be sentanced as adults more than white youth. This topic is important to me because this is a constant issue in the black community. In most cases treating these kids as adults doesn’t help them and just gets them stuck in a point in their lives. In other words the system tends to work against them most of the time.

Project 3 – Editorial Illustration (Research)


For my project 3 idea, I decided to go with the epidemics concerning with Juuling.

Juul is a compact, USB-shaped vaping device, created by two former Stanford University students to mimic the nicotine hit of a real cigarette. The use of Juuling has eclipsed the cigarette use. According to Mr. McDermott, “Nobody smokes cigarettes. You go to the bathroom, there’s a zero percent chance that anyone’s smoking a cigarette and there’s a 50-50 chance that there’s five guys Juuling. And it’s like, how Band-Aid has become synonymous with ‘bandage’? Juul has become synonymous with ‘vape.” Juuling has become more popular in use for college/university students and since most parents confuse the small vaping device for a usb/flashdrive, it doesn’t look suspicious.

Juuls is becoming more rampant and not just within schools, but in social media and parties too, which has also led to cases of theft. The other issue is how accessible they are, middle school students can go to a deli and buy it without question. According to Ashley Gould, the chef administrative officer of Juul Labs, said “We do not want underage kids using our products. Our marketing is directed toward adults, tested with adults. And I do think it’s worth noting: All of the things you see on social media, we have absolutely nothing to do with. We actively try to take these things down. But unless there’s an infringement of our intellectual property it’s quite difficult.”

Concept in Illustration


Find an editorial Illustration you admire. Such as this amazing illustration by Mike Byers on the topic of Bed Bugs.  🙂   Read the subtext about the illustrations and where / how they were used.  Analyse what metaphors they chose to illustrate the subject matter. Observe the way the artist has conceptualized their subject.

Pay attention to what methods they have used:








Period Imagery



Here’s a few places to start looking:



But most of all, just look.



Wang, AnQi – Project 3 Editorial Illustration Idea

Artificial Intelligence

I chose artificial intelligence as my main idea of this project. Nowadays, people lend on the digital technology and its function has been developed as smart as human’s mind.In 2016, an artificial intelligence computer program that plays the Go already beat the human player. It immediately becomes a hot topic that people would focus on whether the AI would become the human’s future or not.

Data Privacy

For my editorial project, I decided to focus on the issue of data privacy and why It’s important. Now that we are living in the digital world, everybody’s information is being given up by services that we use, but how trustful is it? We use many apps, and social media sites and we need to abide by the consent that these companies offer to us. Sometimes we won’t read the consent of what we give up. There’s consequences when we accept these consents from these companies. whether our data is private or public, it’s all out there.