Inspired by the article in NYTimes “The Real Cost of Cheap Shirts", I wanted to make a simple illustration but striking image.
THE NYTIMES / OPINION – “The Real Cost of Cheap Shirt”
Process: I started with thumbnails and after I figured out the composition I transformed the one I chose into a more refined version in a bigger scale. Then I used ink to draw on paper, scanned into Photoshop and colored using specialist Photoshop brushes and textures.
Key Brief Ideas:
The main purpose of this illustration is to call attention to the poor working conditions of the fabric workers in Bangladesh, whose income solely depends on this job.
Looking closer, the shirt is made up of women workers drawn repeatedly as a pattern. They are hurdling together, looking up in both hope and hopelessness. This pattern creates a texture to an overarching image of a shirt.
The repetitive workers create an obsessive texture, drawing attention further into the image as well as the issue raised in the article.
Time to finish: 5 hours
Materials: Pen and ink, Photoshop