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A Long Way Gone by knowrites A Long Way Gone by knowrites
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-

-Zemantic.
--Son of a Hand Cannon.


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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.
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1500 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
This would be perfect on a shirt...

Don't you think?
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knowrites Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
i think it might, but it would be a bit of copyright infringement, seeing as the figure is from a book cover.... :-/
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Spiko-Bang Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I read the book too, Very good book. I also drew a 24"x12" picture of the cover.
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knowrites Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
such a great book.
pretty important in todays world too, what with us not looking at trouble beyond the tips of our eyelashes.
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Spiko-Bang Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
"tips of our eyelashes" very poetic, ....I have a question for you about the book, did you understand the ending about the hunter and the monkey?
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knowrites Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
i'm yet to finish it actually.... i got distracted by a few other books. i'm still working on it though.
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Kwinti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Amazing message. I like the face.
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knowrites Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
thanks. i wasn't so sure about the face because of the way the eyes came out.
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AF-studios Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Very strong message and nice drawing.I like it :D
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knowrites Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
thanks
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