Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Vignettes of Africa


Here I am taking a dream trip in the National Geographic again- This time it is September's issue on Africa.

So many troubling things about Africa- All of the riches and resources are being constantly plundered by the corrupt and ruthless. Even corporate giants like BP and Shell are making truckloads of money with all of the land-use proceeds going to only a few corrupt government officials like Niger. It really appears that greed and corruption are what is keeping this continent from emerging from its third world status. But beyond the nagging problems it always has such a exotic appeal and beauty.

I really like the vignettes of different aerial shots of regions in Africa. They come off as a collage of color. This was a fairly quick sketch and watercolor of about 40 minutes.

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