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The Lily illustration

The Washington Post x The Lily illustration. Illustrations for the branded stories featured in The Lily, The Washington Post’s women-run online newspaper that was re-established in 2017.

All of the illustrations were both art directed and drawn/collaged by me. While I was constrained to the editorial team’s strict color scheme of fuchsia, teal, cobalt blue, and black/white––we made it work. I intentionally aimed to try and create a vibe for each piece, for example the article on the gender gap (directly below) I intended to give a creepy feel to hit home the message that the gap was negatively affecting women’s quality of life. In the piece on mother’s heading back to work, I gave it a softer touch and opened it up with a white background. Articles on advice for women in the workforce or home-buying I made sure were graphic, linear, and edgy with a repeating––even ambitiously monotonous––gif. Lastly, (and one of my favorites) was a simple and gently hand-drawn depiction of a woman in military attire for our Veteran’s day piece that described the positive benefits several women told of their time in duty (though bittersweet that they had to leave that time behind) ultimately paved the way to their future success in the corporate world through the strong habits they learned in the fields.

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