A friend of mine asked me to make an illustration for a poster. It was a somewhat macabre request, as she asked me to provide an illustration for a lecture on iconic photography and the current refugee crisis in the mediterreanian. The picture they wanted to use was the one of the drowned and washed up 2-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi, but because the picture in itself was too graphic, it needed to be modified.
Trying to make an illustration about such a gruesome thing literally gave me chills, and making sure the image had a similar, if not even deeper impact without the graphic reality was actually quite hard. I made several versions, and in the end, the communications department chose the one below.
First image: With color
Second image: Just the skin
Third image: actual poster
(Note: I did not make the entire poster, just the illustration)