greg betza i l l u s t r a t i o n
I’m at university studying illustration and I’m starting a project called ‘the politics of identity’, it’s a reportage project that will end in a series of 4 images. The subjects I choose to depict need to be located within a physical environment and context that illuminates their identity. I’m really interested in your reportage work and was wondering if you maybe have any tips?
Hi Jade. Thank you for writing. Your assignment sounds very interesting and I’d like to hear more about it…Who will be the subjects? How will you decide who they are? The context of your subjects can be derived right from their environment. For example, if you decided to reportage a chef, the kitchen/restaurant could be the context. However, you could embellish and exaggerate the context as well, in order to inject your point-of-view into the image. You are the artist and your subject/environment are just a point of departure. Research your subjects and know what you want to say about them, that will make your images purposeful, not just pretty.
I’ve written to a few students on my blog that had specific questions about reportage, and I think that will be a good place for you to gather some tips and overall information about reportage. Here is the link http://www.gregbetza.com/?p=4
Best of luck and feel free to write again.
Is print of Marching band
(no larger than 8~9inches)available to purchase?
Hi Yuka, I will make it accessible for purchase and send you a link. Thank you!
I am a first year Illustration student from the UK. For the first two weeks of my degree we were asked to fill ten sketch books with reportage work.
As part of this exercise, we are meant to be keeping a blog and comparing the work we have completed to other reportage artists. I was wondering if it would be acceptable to show one of your pieces from the Times Square collection on my blog?
I will of course credit and name you as the artist, as well as link your website.
Regards from the UK!
Thank you for writing, and by all means feel free to post the drawing. Best of luck with the TEN sketchbooks, that will be very good for you. I’d love to see your blog, so please send a link once you’ve begun.
Thank you very much!
I’m more than happy to drop you the link to my blog, but it’s the first I’ve ever had to keep in my life so it’s nothing special at all.
I got the ten books done and I found the whole exercise really liberating. It was very nice to just draw and not worry to much about the outcome, rather to just enjoy the moment and do my best to capture it. Saying that however, I was quite pleased with how some turned out! It’s definitely a style I want to continue to explore and develop.
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