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Creeping Past the Dragon by erinclaireb Creeping Past the Dragon by erinclaireb
Life's no fairytale for children exploited by the coffee industry...

watercolour and ink

A third piece in this series. See the first and second ones here


Again, trying to capture that golden-age feel, and I tried to limit my colour palette a bit more in this one, although I feel it's turned out a bit flat because of it...

This painting will be shown with the other two in May (just for a day!) as part of the 2012 Victorian Fair Trade Festival, to raise awareness of exploitation in the coffee industry.

They'll be in fed square on the 11th, anyone who's in Melbourne please feel free to drop in for a look and say hi :)
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GreyCorbie Sep 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is really interesting! I'm actually working on an essay about the KNCU, including its relationship with Fairtrade International, right now. Or I was, until I started procrastinating... :noes: Anyways, you art is beautiful and very powerful. :)
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:iconerinclaireb:
Oh thanks so much, I'm really glad you think so :) it's great to hear that you're working on an essay on this theme as well, it's something that needs a lot of attention and research :)
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GreyCorbie Nov 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I agree. :nod:
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LadyofGaerdon Jun 23, 2012  Professional Writer
This is gorgeous and I love the concept behind it. Well okay, the concept behind it (child exploitation) is terrible of course but I'm glad that you're bringing attention to it. I really like the dragon and the books.
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:iconerinclaireb:
Oh thankyou! I really appreciate you saying so! I was a bit worried that I maybe put people off a bit by having art with a message rather than just art to convey a pretty picture, but I didn't mean to make anyone feel bad about their morning coffee :P just to make people think next time they're in the supermarket! And I'm really glad you like it :) The books are my favourite bit, although the dragon was fun to draw. I kept sketching her as this cute little thing instead of a scary dragon, so in the final version here she doesn't look quite as intimidating as she could!
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LadyofGaerdon Jun 24, 2012  Professional Writer
I kind of like her as a cute little thing. And art with a message is GREAT but I understand your concern. It's hard to know how people will react.
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Hawkbittern May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Interesting symbolism.
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:iconerinclaireb:
thankyou :) do you think it gets the message across effectively?
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Hawkbittern May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
To an extent. It only really clicks when you read the tiles of the books. Oh and great work on lettering all those books and making them readable. must have taken you a long time.
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:iconerinclaireb:
thankyou for the feedback, I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to comment like this :) and thankyou, yes it did take a while!
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