Marni Manning - Artist

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Practicing Editorials

September 5, 2016

I've been giving myself some "assignments" to hone my illustration skills. I like to take a look at major headlines for publications like the New York Times, grab something that looks interesting, and get to work!


Here's what I came up with:


"Donald Trump to Visit Mexico After More Than a Year of Mocking It."




This one is:


"The Veggie Burger's Ascent"




And my last one:


"Seek a 'Happy Gut' for Better Health"




I didn't want to think too long and hard about each one, nor redo it, since the point is to practice, not perfect. I skimmed the headlines, saw one that I liked, or sparked some creativity within me, and went to work. I started out with each one as a loose sketch, and then moved to the watercolour block. I like the colours I'm choosing these days. I want to keep my palette simple and sophisticated, so my designs can stand out. I went a big crazy beforehand, using some hot pinks and the like. I'm realising that a well-place vermillion does the job nicely.


I would encourage anyone interested in practicing their illustration skills to try this! Skim through a news website for ideas. You don't have to read the entire article (or like me, read anything at all!) 

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