Grieving on Social Media – The Idea Process

A couple weeks ago I shared an illustration I worked on for Shameless magazine, for an article about grieving on social media. Here is some of my idea generation process.

I started by playing around with gravestone imagery and combining it with the Facebook layout. I also drew some ideas with the social media icons. I used candle imagery to reference memorial candles at shrines or altars. I put the social media icons on the candles to reference memorials on social media, like a memorial Facebook page.

My first rough combines the ideas of a traditional newspaper obituary with a Facebook memorial page. My second rough combines the ideas of a traditional candlelight memorial, with a Facebook memorial page. I liked the juxtaposing of old and new ways of remembering people.

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I did a full page and a spread for this project, and the art director chose the candle imagery for both illustrations. Above is my first draft of the rough for the spread. The art director had a couple ideas for revisions, so I sent a second round of roughs for the spread.

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The art director chose the rough with the shadows.

That’s my idea process in a nutshell for this project. Little bit of back and forth with ideas with the art director, but that’s normal. Thankfully not too many revisions.

Thanks for reading!

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