Vyner is a reportage illustrator who uses sporting events to capture a social record of a time and place. In 2012 he was appointed The Times Newspaper’s artist covering the Olympics in London. He uses an iPad to develop the journalistic voice of the illustrator, publishing drawings, animations and words in real time, made exclusively on location. His work featured in all 17 days of the Games reaching up to 500,000 daily readers and 300,000 online subscribers. His souvenir wrap-around cover for the paper on 9.8.12 forms part of the visual archive of London 2012. His by-line in the newspaper offers unprecedented press coverage/exposure to reportage illustration.
iPad technology enables Vyner to make connections between traditional drawing on paper (contributing to a historical ‚ reportage‚ timeline; Searle, Hogarth, Gentleman,) to contemporary practice. A key element to this research is the first hand experience of being on location, creating a unique record/memory for wide and accessible audiences. This research acts as social commentary and considers the journalistic voice of the illustrator through drawing, including moving image, captured audio and scale.