Final outcomes for Editorial Illustration

Ghosts 1

As this category of illustration is meant to be done really quick I tried to do these illustrations within hours after our workshop. Once you are commissioned an illustration for an article by a newspaper the dead line is usually less than one day. I came home with the sketches I made in the previous workshop (shown in my previous post called “Editorial Illustrations”) and made them as soon as I could. It took me about three hours to do it. I wanted to show myself that I can do it and although I think they are ok, still I feel they could be improved. But most importantly here, was to do something acceptable in the less time possible. And for this goal I think I reached my expectation. This is the article I worked on:

The Strange Tale of the Aldgate Station Ghost

An electrician once fell onto the lines at Aldgate station in London. Instead of dying from the incredible shock he’d been hit with, he was fine. His co-workers saw why…
Jan 20, 2013

There are endless stories of ghosts haunting the London Underground but one of the most ‘electrifying’ tales of supernatural activity has to be the strange case of Aldgate and the suspicious spectral old lady who made a shocking appearance in the twentieth century.

Built on the site of a plague pit that was the final resting place for an estimated thousand victims of the Bubonic Plague in 1665, Aldgate Station was opened in 1876. Almost as soon as the trains began rolling in and out, the stories of spooky shenanigans began. A popular early tale relates to Tube staff being able to hear ghostly footsteps in the tunnels only for the noise to abruptly and mysteriously stop. Then an electrician was working at Aldgate one night when he slipped between the tracks, hit the live rail and received a 20,000-volt shock. It could – perhaps should – have killed him, but despite being knocked unconscious by his fall, he survived with minor injuries and made a full recovery.

And these are the illustrations (plus the one above, at the beginning of this post):

Ghosts 2Ghosts 3Ghosts 4

Yesterday we also had a workshop with Rachel related to this but using collage. In one hour and a half we painted some A3 sheets with acrylics with textures, patterns and plane colours and them we used them to do illustrations with collage for the same article.


I only did two because I wanted to show Rachel the outcomes I did at home and after seeing my work she introduced me to the work of Jaques Benoit, he works for The Guardian and found him absolutely amazing. I will keep looking at his work!



Editorial Illustration



I really enjoyed yesterday’s workshop. We learned how to work illustrating texts for magazines and newspapers. This is, I feel, the real test for an illustrator. The faster you work the best, and ideas are the main thing here…. even more than the illustrations!!!

The generation of ideas should be clever, visual metaphors, images obtained from the core idea plus details and ideally it shouldn’t illustrate what is already in the text but the subtle, the allegories. The gathering many possible ideas from the article is key, so a good reading and re-reading is essential. Then comes the composition of these ideas in one or two images, maybe three. Also taking into account the general mood of the article is important. The illustration should enrich the text and make it more attractive, is an invitation inside the magazine or newspaper to read the article. Is the selling of the article.


We practice this with one of the articles we choose for our final pieces which needs to be done by the end of next week. I choose an article about a ghost in Aldgate East tube station and for this I reflected the station as a “Haunted Amusement Tube Station”. The story is about a man who was saved from an electrocution of 20.000-vol shock death in Aldgate East station. And the saver was a ghost!! It seems that this station has been known by its ghosts who are coming from a pit with the remains of an estimated thousand victims of the Bubonic plague in 1665. The first step was the creation of roughs through brainstorm, putting as many ideas as possible in a sheet of paper. Then we create at least two ideas. I actually had four ideas I wanted to work on and now the next step is to do the final pieces out of this roughs.