Politics and Policy: Part four of our August editorial feature series
From elections and national policy, to trade agreements and international relations, 2020 is a landmark year for political news. The Directory of Illustration concludes its monthlong series of editorial illustration with a feature on some of the best political illustrations from DOI affiliated artists. The new decade has ushered in a tense and chaotic political landscape as governments strive to protect their citizens and mitigate the economic recessions brought on by Covid related lockdowns. 2020 is the year where everything becomes political. As we struggle to stay abreast of the onslaught of news stories and partisanship, these nine artists help bring some normalcy and humor to an increasingly surreal world. Whether through satire or stylization, the ongoing work and breadth of these artists is quintessential.
Kotryna Zukauskaite created a series of illustrations for The New York Times Special Report: DealBook. This issue, titled, “Business Takes on Policy,” discusses business and civic leaders’ responsibility in solving the biggest challenges faced by our nation. Kotryna illustrated the cover image as well as six spot illustrations for The New York Times that accompany each section of the report.
Kotryna Zukauskaite is an editorial illustrator working worldwide from Vilnius, Lithuania who recently earned her Master’s degree in Arts & Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins, London. With a self-proclaimed “head full of random scientific and historic facts” her forte is translating complex information into comprehensible imagery through visual metaphors and humor.
Cover for “The New York Times Special Report: Dealbook”
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This piece is Max’a representation of the inflammatory and threatening remarks Donald Trump made to the American public after George Floyd’s death.
Max is a freelance illustrator living and working from his hometown of Portland, ME where he teaches illustration at the Maine College of Art. Raised on horror films and 70’s punk, he began creating at a young age, experimenting with film, sculpture, painting, and finally focusing on illustration. Drawing on his love for the absurd, quality gimmicks, and wordplay, Max takes influence from everything from B-Action Movies, to early adventure comics and, of course, the real (weird) world.
His clients include: Popular Science, Sports Illustrated Kids, LiveNation, The Lonely Island, Nashbox, Roadblock Music Festival, Portland Phoenix, Capsule Book and many others.
From the Artist: I have decided to be an illustrator simply because it was the deepest call of my life. Translating a story in a single image was always for me the most exciting challenge. I have taken special interest in editorial and conceptual illustration.
“Is America’s Antibiotic Supply at Risk?” for The Wire China
Nigel Buchanan is a New Zealand-based illustrator who recently moved back home after living and working in Sydney, Australia for over 30 years. He began his career as an airbrush artist, but transitioned to Photoshop “as soon as Macs were user-friendly.” Buchanan’s bold, colorful, graphic portraits have been a mainstay of 8by8, the quarterly soccer magazine edited and designed by Priest + Grace. He was recently awarded his second silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York for a portrait in the Society of Publication Designers magazine of the year, the football magazine Eight by Eight . His work can be seen in the editorial pages or covers for the likes of: The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Golf Digest and Fortune 500. He was recently awarded his second silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York for a portrait in the Society of Publication Designers magazine of the year, the football magazine Eight by Eight
“For the Least of These”
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40-45 A digital mosaic portrait of Pete Buttigieg using stained glass techniques.
“Donald Trump: Made with Dollars”
A mosaic portrait of President Trump made out of pieces of USD banknotes. Created for an article on The Hollywood Reporter titled “Trump gave Hollywood a raise?”
Charis Tsevis was born in Athens in 1967. He studied visual design in Athens and Milan and currently lives in Paphos. He has been working for decades in the field of advertising and communication while teaching and researching visual communication. His digital mosaics have gained recognition internationally and his personal style has been imitated worldwide. His client list includes Nike, IKEA, Toyota, TIME, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Leo Burnett, and Saatchi & Saatchi. His interest in sports and politics has had an impact on his recognition as a portrait artist. In the U.S., his works have been featured in President Obama’s election campaign, the American Olympic team, and the US Football Association.
“Take from the Poor, Give to the Wealthy” for The New York Times
Mike spent his childhood on forest walks, biking through trails, and admittedly a little too much time on the internet in the Winter. Graduating from OCAD University’s illustration program in 2011. He now works from his studio in Toronto, enjoys cycling, hanging with his cat, Solly, and exploring the countryside on his motorcycle.
His clients include: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Penguin Random House, GQ, Wired, BuzzFeed News, NBC News, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The Walrus, The Washington Post, Worth, Geico, Facebook, Dropbox, Herman Miller, PayPal, Zipcar, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Deloitte, Chicago University and many more.
Conceptual Brexit Editorial illustration
Conceptual illustration for Denmark’s Pleasure Magazine.
After achieving a degree in Graphic Design while studying in Dundee, Jack spent the next ten years at a selection of design agencies across the UK, where he worked with clients such as the BBC, National Trust and Royal Bank of Scotland. In 2015 Jack followed his true passion and became a full-time illustrator, he now happily spends his days at his studio in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City, where he produces work for a worldwide client list including Adele, Foreign Affairs Magazine and InVision.
Satire on the military industrial complex
From the Artist: I consider the traditional, time consuming painting techniques I use as a form of ritual. It’s a conversation with history but also a tool for carefully digging into the subconscious. Painting as a kind of excavation. My focus during the last few years has been to examine the blurry border between the figurative and the abstract and how the two can merge to create new visual expressions.
Jon Berkeley is an illustrator, author and caricaturist. Over the past three decades, Jon’s witty conceptual illustrations have featured in hundreds of publications including: Time, The South China Morning Post, The Saturday Evening Post, Atlanta Magazine, Fortune, Insight, GQ, California Lawyer, Men’s Fitness, the Financial Times and the Washington Post. Jon has illustrated over 130 covers for The Economist, as well as covers for Newsweek, The New Statesman, American Interest, Foreign Affairs, Volkskrank, the Irish Independent, Nature, Global Legal Post, Prospects, Asian Investor, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia, Terre Eco, Jeune Afrique and Backbone.
When he is not illustrating, he writes novels for young readers. He is the author of the Wednesday Tales trilogy, which has been published in over a dozen languages, and The Hidden Boy, both from Harper Collins. His novel The Palace of Laughter was shortlisted for the Bisto Book Award.
From the Artist: I’m equally at home working in traditional and digital media. I’m always happy to get in at the ground floor on a commission, providing concept sketches with originality and wit, or helping to bring a fresh perspective to maximise the impact of an existing idea.
Jon’s illustration work has been recognised by Creative Quarterly, the Society of News Design, Communication Arts, 3×3, The 4As, ICAD, IGI and the AOI/Directory of Illustration.