Megan Herbert
Podcast Episode Art for 'Better Off Dead' Season 2, a 14-part Series About Voluntary Assisted Dying


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
After being deeply moved by series 1 of this podcast, I approached the producers with an illustration pitch to create art to accompany each episode of season 2, to assist them in their efforts to present the stories, moral arguments and complex issues surrounding the introduction (and resistance to) voluntary assisted dying laws in Australia. They agreed, and commissioned the work.

How was the illustration used:
Artwork accompanying each episode of a 14-episode series, to appear on the landing page of each episode and on social media.

How did you make this work:
Given the very human nature of this topic, I chose watercolour as my medium, relying on a limited palette, a strong visual narrative that spoke to the information covered in each episode, and allowing the texture of the paint and paper add a deeply human, tangible quality to the artwork.

Commissioner Name :
Caro Llewellyn of The Wheeler Centre, and Andrew Denton and Kiki Paul from Go Gentle Australia
Commissioner Company :
The Wheeler Centre, Go Gentle Australia
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Social Media:
@meganjherbert on Medium, Tumblr, Behance and TikTok

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Currently Based:
Victoria, Australia

Megan Herbert is a self-taught Australian writer/illustrator whose career writing TV and film, cartooning, live-drawing, and illustrating all manner of things has spanned 20 years. She is a political cartoonist for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. Clients include Earth Day Network, TEDx, School of Life, BBC, and FremantleMedia.