Illustrator Maria Fabrizio starts her day like many of us—she reads the news. What she does next, however, is completely her own. Fabrizio selects one of those headlines, sketches it, digitizes it, and then completes it as an editorial illustration. Afterwards, she posts the finished piece on her site, Wordless News. There, rather than being bombarded with a sensationalist headline or click bait, Fabrizio boasts that the information is “vowel and consonant free.”
The illustrated news comes from a variety sources and ranges in content. Some stories have to do with cultural crises while others are more lighthearted and even strange. One of Fabrizio’s latest illustrations is about a deceased woman who left $300,000 to her two cats. Regardless the content, though, Fabrizio’s approach is the same; she captures the essence of what the story is about and sums it up in a single panel. Using symbolism, metaphor, and optical illusions—but definitely no text—she succinctly communicates what’s going on in one corner of the world.
Take a look at a selection of Fabrizio’s work below. Can you guess the news story by the illustration? We’ve included links to the full article so you can check your answer!