Drawn on Real Life - The Everyday Story of 2016

2016 was a monumental year. From celebrity deaths to the surprise EU referendum result and major moments in politics. At least, that's how history remembers it. But what did it feel like on an everyday level? I had a year of reportage drawing under my belt, and I wanted to show the world.

So, I launched a Kickstarter - with the aim of transforming 366 days (it was a leap year!) of reportage drawing into a book for everyone.

For backers I created a scale of rewards, utilising the strengths of reportage illustration in exciting ways. With this, I planned a social campaign to spread the word and get people excited about the potential of reportage drawing.

And it was a success...

It gathered a whole range of press coverage and even a slot on ITV London News.

'Artist captures a year of London in daily illustrations' The Metro

'Plenty of Instagrammers take a daily snap of their London lives. Tim King went one better' The Londonist

'...an incredible visual representation of 2016' Time Out

'Already forgotten what happened last year? Let Tim King’s incredible drawings jog your memory' London Evening Standard


It even caused a bit of teatime outrage, and twitter went crazy...

The result 

A Kickstarter campaign that smashed it's funding target - with people pledging from all over the world. This ensured the book got made with extra copies available. What's even more exciting? The idea of using reportage illustration to communicate personal stories spread far and wide too.

These days communication is becoming more and more visual, and we're sharing stories on a daily basis. It's the perfect time for reportage illustration to showcase its relevance and make a comeback.