Category: Illustrations

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Indonesia

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Small-scale mining in Indonesia: Herding wildcats Illustrator’s Notes For this image I placed the gold mining plant at the top of the river, to position it’s dominance of the market, with a whimsically styled wildcat, a reference to rouge gold miners, panning for what gold is left downstream. The […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Kurdistan

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Northern Iraq: Peace, harmony and oil Illustrator’s Notes This illustration collects imagery of vegetation in reference to the article’s mention of the Garden of Eden in relation to Kurdistan. I wanted the overall composition to take on the yin and yang symbol of harmony, while the center is overtaken […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Nigeria – Lurching Ahead

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Nigeria: Lurching ahead Illustrator’s Notes While this article provides an onslaught of imagery, things like “heavyweight boxer” and “African giant”, I thought I’d introduce the imagery of the mythical Kraken. As the article describes the pros and cons of Nigeria becoming a major power, I got the sense of […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Egypt

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration …he was asked if there should be any rules for satire. “Yes,” he said, “to attack only the powerful, not the weak. Bziz (Ahmed Sanoussi) Dissent in Egypt: No joking matter Illustrator’s Notes What stood out to me from this article was a quote from Ahmed Sanoussi in the […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    China

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration In 2002 Thomas Rawski of the University of Pittsburgh complained about a ‘Tornado of Deception’. China Rebalancing the economy: Bottoms up Illustrator’s Notes When looking into imagery to represent China’s prosperity, I came across the deity Cai Shen (and in particular, this image by artist Qin Jing Bin). I […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Egypt’s Police

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Egypt’s police: What happened to reform? Illustrator’s Notes This image includes the Interior Minister, Muhammad Ibrahim, with his head in the clouds since his view of police brutality is considered “an attempt to create an alternative reality”. Beneath the clouds there’s a storm and the Nebty-Tepites, or “Two Ladies” […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Mining in Kyrgyzstan

    Illustrated by: Joel Hopler The Inspiration Mining in Kyrgyzstan: Gold in the hills Illustrator’s Notes The most intriguing part of this article to me was the interactions of Kyrgyzstan with a Canadian gold mining company, Centerra Gold. I thought an image of an aging Argali skull, a very large Kyrgyzstan sheep, and a Canadian goose […]

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    El Salvador

    El Salvador Gangs Illustration

    An illustration illuminating the weeks issue of The Economist. This illustration is inspired by the article – El Salvador’s gangs: The year of living less dangerously. Illustrated by: Joel Hopler

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    South Africa

    An illustration illuminating the weeks issue of The Economist. This illustration is inspired by the article – South Africa: Cheerleaders and Naysayers. Illustrated by: Joel Hopler

  • The Economist Illustrated:
    Nigeria – Clubbing Together

    This is the first illustration in our new series, The Economist Illustrated. Each illustration will include notes from the illustrator. Illustrated by: Joel Hopler