Column Arts Agency Editorial Illustration Project // DrugLink Magazine

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Hi there! Guess you’re here to read all about Column Arts Agency’s latest illustration project. You lucky devil!

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What Do They Do:
Leading UK charity DrugScope support professionals that work in drug and alcohol treatment, teaching prevention and criminal justice.

DrugScope also publishes bi-monthly magazine DrugLink. Aimed at people interested drug-related issues, it includes the latest news and features about drug treatment, public health, crime and education.

Project Brief:
Column Arts Agency were delighted to be commissioned by DrugScope to create a front cover illustration for July/August 2013 edition of DrugLink.

The magazine was being launched as a stand-alone digital publication for the very first time and Column was asked to create a dynamic electric illustration that reflected the concept of ‘plugged-in’.

Column Arts Agency quickly worked with the DrugScope team to create a brief for the project and helped them to choose an artist for the job. They picked illustrator Guy McKinley for his use of vibrant colours.

Working within a very tight deadline Guy delivered three rounds of sketches to DrugScope and created the final artwork with three days to spare. He even provided three extra colour options!

DrugLink has a readership of 15,000 so you can see why everyone at the arts agency is so excited about this project!


Column Arts Agency founder William Astbury said: “We were over the moon to get the opportunity to work with DrugScope.

“They are a charity that works for an incredible important cause and DrugLink educates and updates many people about the currents issues surrounding drug-use.

“I think Guy created a wonderful cover illustration that is not only exciting but fits the brief to a tee!”

"We were over the moon to get the opportunity to work with DrugScope," William Astbury, Column Founder.

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