In Spring of 2021, my last semester of college, I had one extra class for my schedule. This grade would not count on my transcript – but I might as well take an extra class right? Why not? its paid…kinda silly not to. 

Well, I decided to take editorial illustration. I have been illustrating for years, but never professionally. Quite frankly, I didn’t think much of my skillset and usually didn’t give it a second thought. But, I was enticed by my professor who I had a class with prior to explore this medium that balances illustration and design so beautifully. I took a leap, and joined the illustration majors in a wild 5 months of editorial exploration.

During this semester I learned so much about Editorial design, the power of human made pictures, connotating emotion in a million ways, and about a million more tidbits to remember for the rest of my career. 

Ever since I took this class I have not been able to read a New Yorker the same. For that, I am forever grateful. You can find a variety of projects that I used to explore different lessons, target audiences, and editorial formats.

For an (in class limited time) assignment we were tasked to shift a cultural icon to live in today’s world. When I first think of cultural icon I turn to designer’s that set the stage before me. Those whom I’ve admired since I first laid eyes on their work. Growing up in NYC the Crack Is Wack Wall was an I-spy favorite. As I got older I learned the impact of Keith Haring’s work. His impeccable timing for blending the familiar with new; sparking ideas and conversations wherever he created. 

In the 1980's Keith Haring released a series of work related to the AIDS Epidemic in support of raising awareness as well as funding aid to fight government negligence in the face of public health.

In 2020 we saw a radical shift in media coverage providing people of color a platform to finally speak on the ways our society has neglected them. Many important discussions began, one that has continued to inspire my work is the broad topic of Health Care. POC Individuals overall are statistically proven to be dismissed and receive less than satisfactory care by health care professionals. The highest rates of medical negligence occur with black women. When the Covid-19 pandemic began and continued to surge during these important conversations, I couldn’t help but think of the myriad of ways communities are suffering due to a lack of covid relief. Our society struggled for so long with Pandemic Awareness that we failed with Pandemic Aid. In turn, the communities already suffering had to endure even more.

When asked to set the stage for today’s world, I thought of Keith. What he would be doing on the streets of New York. In the 1980's he spread important messages of love and kindness. I would like to think in 2020 he would do the same, while handing out masks to his community.

All of the work shown on this page is by no means professional but I did enjoy making all of it and look forward to exploring editorial illustration in future design projects and possible client work.