According to childrenatrisk.org, “On a global scale, approximately 800,000 people are trafficked each year and become victims of commercial sex exploitation and forced labor. Eighty percent of these victims are women and children.” Here in the United States, “it is estimated that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.”
When I started researching for this project, I discovered that the problem of child trafficking is more prominent than I thought it was. Everyday, children who have been forced into this system are treated as slaves. And it happens right here on U.S. soil. In fact, Texas is a major hub for child trafficking.
For this illustration project, I wanted to communicate the fact that children are being exploited and they are counting on us to help them. They are trapped in their situation, being handled like merchandise. Please pay attention to the behavior of children in your community. If you witness suspicious activity involving the transportation of children, contact the police.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9
This is a book that I have been working on for the past 10 weeks. My goal was to create a book for kids that would explain basic design concepts. It is titled, “Learn About Design.” I chose to do this project because in the big world of children’s books, there are few (if any) on the subject of good design. But I think teaching kids about design at an early age would be very beneficial so that they can understand what makes something beautiful. Many people recognize beauty in the world but they can’t identify what makes it so visually pleasing.
This book is just a start to teaching children about design. It is made up mostly of visual examples and illustrations. If you have young children that you would like to read this book to (or if you just want to see the book yourself) I will email you a PDF version with all of the colorful pages. Please simply follow my blog and then send me an email requesting the PDF. My email address can be found on the ABOUT page.
I am interested to find out how children will respond to the book. I don’t have any children myself, which is why I would like to send it to those of you who do.
I used special paper for the front and back covers and cut out shapes revealing information on the colorful pages underneath. I bound the book using the Japanese binding method.
One of the responsibilities (more like FUNsibilities!) I have at my on-campus job is designing posters to go up all over school. This one is my latest design. I created vector versions of the Pyramids which is where the school is. I like how it turned out. And I REALLY like the fact the fall break two weeks away!!!
This was my first experience in digital painting with a Wacom tablet. I must say it is very fun! There is so much you can do with digital painting. During this project I was basically getting used to the tablet and using various techniques to see what they would produce.