Author: Joel Hopler

  • The Economist Illustrated: China

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Economic growth: Missing the mat Illustrator’s Notes I found the initial metaphor of China’s growth targets being “more like the bar of a high jump” interesting. I thought the high jump imagery, used later in the article in the context of China giving its own economy a boost, would […]

  • The Economist Illustrated: Kazakhstan

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Kazakhstan’s capital: Laying the golden egg Illustrator’s Notes I initially thought it would be ironic to show a golden egg of happiness being held up by a beautiful piece of architecture to symbolize how the president of Kazakhstan is hoarding the people’s happiness. Then I re-read the part of […]

  • The Economist Illustrated: China

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Returning students: Plight of the sea turtles Illustrator’s Notes The article made it clear that the sea turtle concept is no longer working in its intended way, so I thought a skeleton of a turtle would illustrate that well. I pointed the turtle westward and labeled it with it’s […]

  • The Economist Illustrated: China

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration China’s cash crunch: Bear in the China shop Illustrator’s Notes This article left me with the impression that China has potential to rebalance their economy. While the article largely focuses on bearish Chinese lending, the point is made that the Chinese government has effective controls to bring back the […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Japan

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration The third arrow of Abenomics: Misfire Illustrator’s Notes This one’s pretty straight forward and there’s actually two articles that use the same imagery of the third arrow of “Abenomics” (see Shinzō Abe, current Prime Minister of Japan). I really couldn’t believe there wasn’t one image of an arrow and […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Iran

    Sanctions and Moonshine

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Iran and alcohol: Wet and dry Illustrator’s Notes I personally enjoy local moonshine and thought it was interesting that sanctions with negative intentions would aid the business of Armenia’s moonshine industry. Perhaps due to the sanctions, Iran will come around to ending their prohibition and begin a more nuanced […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Pakistan

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Dealing with Pakistan’s extremists: The hawk and the dove Illustrator’s Notes This article had some really accurate and fun imagery so I just went straight for a direct illustration. The hawk represents the army chief of Pakistan and the dove represents the incoming prime minister. While they bicker about […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Gulf of Guinea

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration The Gulf of Guinea: Another Somalia? Illustrator’s Notes I wanted to work out a modern interpretation of the classic pirate skull by pairing it with a modern gun. I also placed an American Bald Eagle who’s technically tied down to an anchor, but with a long leash. This is […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Pakistan

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Pakistan’s waning feudalism: Gone with the wind Illustrator’s Notes I combined a few references made within the article to assemble an image of Jamshed Dasti. Since he’s the son of a wrestler I gave him a traditional wrestler’s mask and made sure to include the last sentence of the […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    India

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Angry young Indians: What a waste Illustrator’s Notes For this illustration, I wanted to showcase the experience of India’s youth as being represented by the goat pulling a cart. Down below, the goat can see a worse fate for itself in the goat head on a plater. Above is […]