Virtue Signaling

Virtue Signaling
Virtue Signaling

Editorial on virtue signaling, a conspicuous cultural phenomenon. Here, I’ve interpreted it as a form of judgmental windbaggery which corners others with vacuous catchphrases. Or, if you want to look at my illustration quite literally, two emojis are spewing out roses with stems, which form a cage of thorny hashtags. Hope that makes sense!

Anyhow, this is illustrated with watercolor, ink, gouache, charcoal and colored pencil. Finally, I darkened some bits on Photoshop. Here is my process below, with the initial color comp, followed by the watercolor process. I also used masking in the beginning to protect the gate lines.