I was recently asked to create an illustration to accompany an article in Eight:48 Magazine. The article, written by Magnus Shaw: copywriter and blogger, is called ‘Where the art is’ and discusses the joys and perils of working from home.
The illustration reflects the sense of fun in the written piece (an extract from which is below) with a bright layout that includes many of the elements discussed in the article such as cups of tea, daytime TV and working around household chores. The busy layout illustrates the combination of work and home tasks and how the line between these is sometimes blurred.
“So let’s assume you’re sufficiently disciplined to actually make it past the TV, kettle and soufflé dish. Settled at your Ikea desk, in your box room, you’ve even managed to fire up the laptop. You are now, officially, on the clock and working. But hang on. An icon says you have 30 new emails. Wow! 30! It’s entirely likely that 29 of them will be promoting exotic pills to expand certain parts of your anatomy or tour dates for Def Leppard, but you’d better check…”
I could really identify with the sentiments expressed in the article – hopefully this comes through in the illustration!