editorial illustration

Editorial Illustration by ciro correia

Once again thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I'm grateful that you show interest in my professional and personal work as an illustrator, designer and artist. I previously posted some of the preparatory sketches for this piece, so here's the finished illustration.

I've worked on a lot of fantasy/scifi/horror illustrations over my career and have over the last year or so decided to expand the scope of my illustration work (I'm still open to working on fantasy/scifi and horror projects - just that I don't want to limit my work to these themes and want to explore different markets). I haven't done any politically orientated illustrations in years - so this has been a nice change. 

Growing up in Southern Africa I always thought it was cool that artists and art have often acted as a society's conscious, our images and work are not only meant to inspire beauty or help us to escape to far off places but also, at times, to speak about the human condition or the state of the world. It's a tricky thing, because there is often more than one perspective on the same issue - but often you have to choose a message and try to convey it the best you can.

All we offer is a point of view, an opinion to help us think and inspire a more open perspective on the world - however, ...

"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream," (V, i. 440-455)

Once again thanks for reading my posts, and more importantly viewing my work.

Preparatory sketches for political illustration by ciro correia

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One of the things I've been working on is an editorial type illustration, politically themed. The two images I've posted below are part of my preparation - one of them is from my moleskin, I doodle think, thumb-sketch and brainstorm drawing in different ideas to develop. I spiral through iterations adding to my roughs until I'm happy with the composition.

The other image is a more developed colour sketch of Putin as I examine the structure of his face and experiment with what I want to accentuate or not. I'm also thinking about how far I want to go with stylisation. At this stage things are getting pretty clear and nailed down. I have to reign myself back sometimes - I want to add references to all sorts of things in the final, like for example a reference to 'Pussy Riot' but I have to remain focused and serve the final goal.

Colour sketch and study for Putin illustration, arguably a finished piece in itself.

Colour sketch and study for Putin illustration, arguably a finished piece in itself.

My initial exploration through rough sketches and doodle thinking ;)

My initial exploration through rough sketches and doodle thinking ;)

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