It’s only been a couple of weeks but already the UK election seems a lifetime ago. If you’re into that kind of thing, there’s an undeniable drama about it all as the tension ratchets up across the campaign and breaks on election night itself as the results filter through from around the country. Topolski Studio commissioned eight young artists to capture the goings-on through the medium of drawing and the results will be published in its upcoming Election Chronicle.
One of the eight was Matt Booker who took his pencil and pad to several hustings, an anti UKIP demo and finally a central London count on election night. “That was particularly interesting as it involved drawing on location from around midnight until five in the morning, observing the votes coming in and watching people’s reactions to them,” Matt says.
I’m an unabashed fan of reportage illustration and a bit of a politics geek, so it’s safe to say these are right up my street. There’s a raw, vivid energy to them that perfectly captures the weird mix of long stretches of tense waiting around, interspersed with flashpoints of activity.