I’ve been interested in illustration for a long time (even though, sadly, I don’t think I’m very good at it). And there’s one form of illustration that I wanted to showcase today: editorial illustration. Magazines, newspapers, long-form content and even blog posts are much more inviting, attention grabbing and interesting when they’re accompanied by great design work, and illustrations are the ideal way to make them stand out. Editorial illustrations can be quite an unusual brief to get – you may get given the whole article, or the theme or general idea for what they’re looking for, and they come up with an illustration that you may otherwise never have created. An illustration about, for example, the Mexican Day of the Dead, or innovations in healthcare, or student debt (all of which are examples found in this post). These illustrations often have to find a way to visualise a complex topic and so it’s not just about looking nice, it’s about supporting a piece of work with something that’s easy to understand at a glance. All of which is my way of saying: it’s far from easy.
I wanted to showcase some of my favourite recent examples of editorial illustrations, and hopefully these will give you some inspiration and ideas around creating art that has a bigger story behind it. And as always, if you know of any illustrations that have been used for editorial that you’d like to share (especially if it’s something you’ve created), then I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
So there you have it, our showcase of editorial illustration inspiration. I hope you’ve found this collection useful, and I’d love to hear of any other examples that you think should be added to this post.