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Traditional to Digital

Traditional to Digital, Jordan McCracken-Foster


Using a New York Times article, create a piece that where the first half  of your process is created using traditional media and the second half is created with digital media, or vice versa. 


Any traditional 2D media + digital media


Choose an article from the New York Times that you would like to illustrate. 

In this case, we are illustrating the article “Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90.”

Steve Ditko, a comic-book artist best known for his role in creating Spider-Man, one of the most successful superhero properties ever, was found dead on June 29 at his home in Manhattan, the police said on Friday. He was 90.

The death was confirmed by Officer George Tsourovakas, a spokesman for the New York Police Department. No further details were immediately available.”

New York Times article, Steve Ditko Obituary
NYT Editorial Gif, Deepti Menon

Brainstorm your ideas by doing a mind map. Start with either digital or traditional media.

Thumbnail Sketches, Jordan McCracken-Foster

Create thumbnail sketches to plan out your composition, make your sketches diverse and different from each other.

Loose Colored Pencil Sketch, Jordan McCracken-Foster

Take your sketch into the next stage by doing a loose drawing. If you started with digital, finish with traditional, and vice versa.

Digital Illustration Sketch, Jordan McCracken-Foster

Clean up your line drawing for the final illustration.

In this case, the Procreate app on the iPad Pro was used to clean up the lines.

Digital Illustration Sketch, Jordan McCracken-Foster

After you clean up the line drawing, lay in some flat colors or values.

Digital Illustration, Jordan McCracken-Foster

Add the final touches and details to your illustration.


Rachel Shin

“I based my illustration on a New York Times article titled ‘Trump’s Immigration Policies Explained,’ that discusses Trump’s immigration policies. I wanted to convey the irony in how many right wing Americans believe that immigrants are lazy and unethical. But in reality, those people are usually the ones taking beach vacations in South America. 

Converting it from traditional to digital was actually the most difficult for me. I had felt for some reason more committed to following my sketch even if it was more proportionally off. This project however was very eye opening and inspires me to make more politically driven art in my future works.”

Traditional to Digital, Rachel Shin
Anya Chen

Anya Chen
Project Assistant

“I chose an article called ‘Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State,’ which discussed the overwhelming abundance of ‘almost Orwellian-like’ surveillance and borderline invasion of privacy in China.

I wanted to display the pressure of a million eyes constantly watching you, as well as the rigid political nature of the country through the very stylized edits I made to my traditional media on Photoshop.”

Digital Illustration, Anya Chen
Stephanie Gibadlo

Stephanie Gibadlo
Project Assistant

“The article , “Kids Don’t Just See Art at This Show. They Work With the Artists, Too,” was about how artists were holding art making workshops for children in museums, and I thought that would be something fun to illustrate.

Although at first I wanted to draw lots of children and artists together, I decided to go with a simpler design after a critique from my peers. I think the decision to make the design more simple and more correlated to the main part of the article, children making art, was a great idea and I’m happy that I was able to get that feedback.”

Digital Illustration, Stephanie Gibadlo

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