The great article or review just can’t be complete without the editorial illustration supporting the idea. Otherwise, it seems like something’s clearly missing. But not for this set of graphics, which represent exceptional and ingenious compositions — the deep meaning of a piercing topic about social issue fit in one single image.
Remember being a child, looking through the books and school manuals without the spur? It more resembled some game “see a nice picture — stop to read and pay attention”. We rarely realize that these children nowadays are adults, who keep doing the same thing, let’s face it. And it’s the task for graphic illustrations to catch your eye and not to let go.
So Eiko Ojala took the paper cut stencil technique and turned it into his special distinguishing style, which came in handy for such major editorials as The New York Times, Washington Post,
The New Yorker and many others. By the way, we’re already familiar with his work thanks to the history of the ampersand, where one of his illustrations is featured.
However, this exact selection of editorial illustrations provides the most credible news sources with visual content to take care of the coverage, dealing with pressing social concerns and make them look more real. Paper texture, colored layers and shadows create the tangible and volumetric scene, sharing its morals with the readers, are also very “touchy” to look at.
Access to the Internet and skilled graphic designers made it real for anyone to try themselves as a creator of paper cut-out illustrations! If you’re inspired enough by this episode of patrol and would love to craft something similar, check out the easy tutorial by Creative Veila.