Reportage Illustration

Working Environments 

Brief / Location
This project was based on Reportage Illustration and so I created some of these illustrations at my work. I work in the British Museum in the Great Court Restaurant which is a fast-paced environment that’s always busy, due to exhibitions and tourists etc. It’s the type of place that works efficiently in the sense of being able to accommodate as many customers as possible in a short time frame. As you can imagine, this can get very hectic.

 

Objectives

  •  Documenting the daily hustle and bustle surrounding a profession and their relevant practices.

  •  Capturing life and its complexities formed on the practice of customer service, as this is a job that many can relate to.

 

Outcome
After practising drawing on location, I’ve found that it’s important to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s also vital to focus on experimentation rather than aiming to beautify my drawings by amending or erasing work, as this can, in fact, add to the aesthetics of the illustrations. I had to set myself a crucial reminder that I’m drawing on location to be able to capture information as primary research, rather than develop a finalised intricate drawing. The idea was to focus on a certain person/subject in order to create a narrative around their daily duties at our workplace and develop a story that has been told through our human interaction.

As a reportage illustrator, I had the opportunity of editing away unrelated detail, which in turn allows the audience to pivot their attention on the core of the activity. As an artist on location, you are able to absorb new processes and procedures, which then influences our own practices.