I found this interesting interview with the journalist Chris Hedges about his recent collaboration with the artist/ journalist Joe Sacco, in their book ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’. In it the pair make visible the unseen people and ignored corners of America.
Drawn reportage is often overlooked, and reportage in the form of a graphic novel is easy to dismiss in favour of a photographic or written account of the same event; but in this interview Chris Hedges highlights the advantages of this graphic approach over more traditional forms of reportage. I hope you enjoy it.
In June I was invited to run some workshops for primary school children at a local farm. My aim was to get the children to really look at the environment around them, and to draw what they saw.
I made uncomplicated books out of a folded sheet of A1 cartridge paper and kept it simple only working in black and white. We experimented with different media: charcoal, ink, poster paint, ballpoint pens, reed pens and pencils; making different marks using toothbrushes and paintbrushes, and the feathers and flowers found around the farm.
I showed the children some work by Matisse and Ellsworth Kelly to give them inspiration and encouraged them to consider page design using repetition like Matisse, or strong areas of black or white like Ellsworth Kelly.
It was a great couple of days. I was blown away by the work that was made and learned so much from the children and the open way that they engaged with the project.