Drawing people making

There’s an immediacy about quick, loose drawings that has more in common with reportage photography than with traditional illustration.

Picking up on my prolific Instagram feed of drawings, design practice Gill Davies Associates commissioned me to spend a day at Dewhurst’s factory in Feltham, drawing workers in action on the shop floor and in the drawing office to illustrate the company’s annual report.

Dewhurst plc is a global supplier of quality components to the lift, keypad and rail industries. I love a factory and here, I saw evident pride in the job. The process of drawing the workers felt very equal: we were all making things so we were interested in each other’s work.