You will create two visual essays this semester. Each will consist of a written element, multiple images, and a format intended to support communication of your visual essay’s thesis. For your first visual essay, select one of the two subjects below:
A) CURRENT DEBATE
List 10 subjects open to current debate. Examples might be as weighty as abortion, animal rights, civil rights, the death penalty, genetic engineering, or as light as “wet or dry barbecue?” The issues may be local, global, or personal. Select the subject that seems most compelling to you as an illustrator. Create a mind-map of associations based on this subject.
Write a 500-word opinion statement on your topic. Your opinion may be pro, con, or passionately ambivalent, but it should be informed. Cite at least 4 sources in support of your statement. Add to your mind-map, based on the research for your statement. Generate ten tangents or sub-sections to your subject. Prepare at least 50 thumbnails illustrating the tangents or sub-sections developed from your mind-map.
B) DOCUMENTARY ILLUSTRATION
Choose a place, event, or organization in Memphis to document. Examples might include a nursing home, a night club, a Buddhist temple, a political protest, or a cooking class. Think of yourself as a journalist: find a subject which interests you and which you think other people would be interested to know more about. Through a series of images, tell us as much as you can about your subject. What is going on? Who is involved? Why?
Write a 500-word statement detailing your proposed subject. Be sure that your subject is accessible to you: don’t just barge into a kindergarten and start drawing the kids. They will call the police, and I will not bail you out.
Visit your location every week. Prepare drawings on location. You may take photo-reference if you want. Write about your experiences there. Interview at least two people regarding your subject. Make sure you sketch your interviewees.
The location drawings and interview sketches may be done with the idea of using them as your final pieces, or as preparation for works executed in your studio. Subject Statements due 9/15. The completed visual essay is critiqued on 10/6, and will be turned in on 10/13.