The article was about Putin using foul and aggressive language in his speeches, while giving extensive examples.
The sketches are mainly iterations of the same idea: angry comic book styled speech bubbles appearing from a source. Two of the sketches as spit coming out of the mouth. The right sketch has a toilet seat as the mouth.
The feedback I got was to go with either the left or middle sketch because the third sketch was not as clear. I chose to do the left sketch because to me I would have the most fun with this.
I took inspiration from comic books for the colors and style. I tried to use the 3d on Photoshop for this piece because I felt it would push the feeling of aggression. At first I tried to do the entire image, but then it started to make my eyes hurt and I didn't want that for the reader. So, I only used it for the text bubbles since speech was the topic of the article.
The critique I received was to have more areas where the dots are absent and to shift the dots on the speech bubbles. I looked into Roy Lichtenstein to get an idea of using the dots sparingly. After experimenting, I settled on having the whole mouth having no dots since it has more visual interest. When I tried to have the skins have no dots, it felt empty and that something was missing. Overall, I had a lot of fun working on this because I learned something new.