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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)

  • Filed under: Commissioned, Digital

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