The long look
Creating playful, thoughtful images for The Guardian’s ‘long read’ section relies upon a close relationship between the paper’s art desk and a roster of illustrators who can make exemplary work at speed
Four times a week, British newspaper The Guardian publishes a substantial piece of writing – usually between 3000 and 5000 words in length – that follows the paper’s international news section and marks the start of the more opinion-led ‘journal’ section. This essay, labelled ‘The long read’, is accompanied by a full-page illustration commissioned by deputy creative director Chris Clarke. Recent articles have featured images by Anna Kövecses, Nathalie Lees, Sébastien Thibault, Paul Blow and Ellie Foreman-Peck; Clarke and his colleagues have an expanding, international roster of emerging illustrators on whom they can call.
Nathalie Lees: ‘The foul reign of the biological clock’, 2016.
Top: Paul Blow: ‘Death of a troll’, 2016.
Holly Catford, designer, art editor of Eye, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 93 vol. 24, 2017
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