One of the assignments in this summer's ILLU410: Getting Published and ILLU764: Illustration for Publications class was to do three illustrations for the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Editorial pages. We visited the AJC headquarters in Dunwoody where Will Alford and the rest of the editorial staff spoke with the students about what the paper looks for in editorial illustration in terms of tone, style, etc. They gave the students a list of topics that are often addressed in the editorial section, and were careful to make the point that, while generic, or "stock" images often fit broad, national concerns, they really are looking for imagery that helps to address local issues, such as the Atlanta Public Schools testing scandal, Marta, bad cops, the water wars with Florida and Alabama, etc. So, the students took that to heart and created images that dealt directly with issues that concern Atlanta and Georgia specifically.
The first of the published pieces to come out of that class is by Kari Brooks, who depicted a typical school teacher in front of a line-up board drawn on a classroom chalkboard. It appeared in the AJC on Monday, Oct. 17th. Congratulations, Kari! Awesome job!
Be on the lookout for a piece by Cory Thomas next Monday, the 24th!