Showcasing your sustainable project with drawings made on location
Reportage illustration is a kind of visual journalism or, in my case, visual copywriting. The essential ingredient is the illustrator’s presence at the scene. Being there and taking everything in with all five senses gives the resulting drawings an immediacy and authenticity that is virtually impossible to attain in the studio.
Who is this for?
Would you like to give your audience a peek behind the scenes? Do you need eye-catching images to illustrate your production process? Are you organizing a festival or other event that you would like to be documented in a unique way? If you like the special vibe (linked to explanation) of drawings made on location, then this is for you.
How does it work?
- You tell me the story you would like to tell
- I do the research I need to come well-prepared
- You let me spend time (generally, a whole day) at your premises or wherever the action is (even in the middle of the woods or on a boat), and I will observe your processes and transform my experience into images to tell your story, without disturbing your workflow or your employees.
- No matter what it is you do, I will find lots of interesting (and often unexpected) things to draw
- Some drawings will be completed on the spot, others will receive their finishing touch in the studio
- I can add text in multiple languages based on my research about your project and on what I have learned while being with you
What do you get in the end?
The result is an exclusive informative presentation that can be provided in various digital formats for use on your website, as a leaflet or poster - you name it. Keep scrolling for some recent examples!
Most people are visual learners. Texts without images make people look for more exciting things elsewhere and are much less memorable than texts with appealing pictures. Moreover, illustrations are a great way to make your content accessible for people with ADHD or dyslexia.
Why not just take some pictures?
A camera photographs everything it “sees”. Including elements that have nothing to do with the story you want to tell. Illustrators can edit the image to show only what you want to focus on. They can pull the relevant elements out of the scene and tell the story much more clearly and deliberately than a camera.
I spent a day documenting the work of a team of arborists. I combined the resulting drawings into a one-page presentation in comic strip style.
In this case, I sketched the dancers live during their flamenco lesson and later compiled the finished drawings into a rectangular mini poster.
If you have ever wondered how image candy is made, this sequence is for you. I observed the makers during their workday and recorded the candy making process step by step.