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
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):
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!