With the constant barrage of rolling news channels and social media updates, society is awash with more stories than ever before. Which is why today’s artist is taking aim at the process of news itself.
If illustrating a year of news has taught us anything, it’s that there’s always another story. And if there isn’t? Well, a reporter will always find another angle to run with. Meaningless stories can barrel on for days, every nuance examined, while others flash by in a ticker tape heartbeat.
This week’s artist for Yellow is Simon Spilsbury, an award-winning illustrator from Bath whose work has featured everywhere from Waterstones to The Sunday Times. We asked Simon how he approached his piece for Yellow:
“Daily news generally bores the crap out of me. Certainly television news, where no news makes the news. With a week’s worth of news there’s more to get your teeth into and I fished for something less mainstream than the daily dose of Syria and the migrant influx to Britain.
“I tend to be more interested in or distracted by the newsreaders and the weather forecasters than the news itself; so I staged the illustration in the news room, so the news is delivered in words first and pictures second. I deliberately drew in a chaotic fashion as I imagine a newsreader’s job is just that – under the cool exterior a producer is screaming at you.”