Journal Entry- Day Five: A Long Way Gone
Today wasn't my bestday, so i've decided to compensate by, instead of working in charcoal for three hours, relaxng, sleeping, reading, and really just drawing. something i don't seem to get to do as much anymore. today i've been working on my own rendition of the young boy on the cover of 'A Long Way Gone' by Ishmael Beah. The book is about chid soldiers in Africa, specifically Sierra Leonne. It's a rather depressing book but it's very well written, and keeps even the most wondering minds (me) focused. The cover consists of the normal things a cover should have, a title, the authors name.. but the picture selected for the cover is really striking. At first when i looked at it i thought it was a young African boy just walking in a tropical landscape. but i wuickly realized this was not exactly the case. the happy cover quickly explains the book, with the boy carrying an AK47 over his shoulder and what i assume is either an RPG or Bazooka shell over his shoulders. Upon closer inspection you can see the grim expression on his dark little face, leading into the despair that is the lives of the horribly young children forced to wage wars in Africa.
I typically save my usually 'graffiti style' of drawing for more personal drawings, or things that are suposed to come off as being more raw. i often use it in pieces i want to make people think about. Something i want the viewer to understand. and after a while of thinking that 'style' didn't match the drawing at all, i now realize it matches it perfectly. i do want people to think about these child soldiers, and this is absolutely a raw drawing. i'm not leaving something out because it might offend somebody. This is a major issue now, as more and more children are being forced into service.
-This will be the description for the piece-
--Son of a Hand Cannon.
simply put, it's my drawing of the boy on the cover of the book 'A Long Way Gone' by Ishmael Beah.
Ink on paper.