The theme I chose was “Censorship of the Press”, sketched out with pencil and pen. Communicating clear and simplified ideas seems to be something I need to work towards more, since when I showed my illustrations to another person (my mom), she did not really understand what they were about.
After writing down some words regarding the subject, I chose to draw a reporter tied up and gagged, his camera smashed on the ground, but after consulting with someone, I realized that the camera did not much look like a camera and the character didn’t much look like a reporter. It just looked like some poor guy about to be executed. So I later expanded the drawing with two crumpled newspapers on the ground, though I am not sure how much it helped.
Next, in the drawing right underneath the first, I tried to convey the idea that the press has the options to either choose the “Truth” or to choose “Truth Plus”, meaning to sensationalize. The “Truth Plus” bottle I drew is much larger and “cooler” while the “Truth” bottle looks like a medicine container, symbolizing the fact that the truth will often be sacrificed for the more attractive story. Which is not a traditional form of censorship, but the fact that the “Truth Plus” bottle sells better creates an environment where the people who only sell “Truth” pills will get passively silenced by the fact that their truth doesn’t sell, which means they have no resources to seek it out in the first place…Overall, this is a good idea, but I did not find a very good depiction of it, so when I showed it to another person, I had to explain the drawing.
The next sketch, of a man sitting on a bench and reading a newspaper while it is being painted over, was a more successful, though the fact that the little gnome looked too friendly crated some confusion. I later darkened his clothes up and added more pointy shapes in his design to enforce the idea that he is an evil character.
The idea for the last sketch, the shackled reporter with a tied down mike, was not fully my own, but it is also the clearest in its delivery of the theme. After showing my mother the drawings and asking for her opinion, she said that the first image she thinks of when it comes to censorship of the press is a mike tied down with a chain. Admittedly, I expanded on the idea, but the credit goes to her.