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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 Featured By Owner 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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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I agree. :nod:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner 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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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Interesting symbolism.
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
thankyou :) do you think it gets the message across effectively?
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Hawkbittern Featured By Owner 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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erinclaireb Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
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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fay-titania Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
No science?
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fay-titania Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
bur i hawwwrttt the analogous colors blues and warms... nice! :)
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
haha thankyou :) no maths or language either ;-) I was just trying to convey a theme of fairtrade and exploitation, but I agree it would have worked well to have all sorts of different areas of education in those books as well!
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moonwolf17 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
lovely :)
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
thankyou :)
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STelari Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Now the colours remind me of Sulamith Wulfing, so you're in a right place. And who said that all drawings have to be with a super-duper-3D effect? I adore the way you textures the dragon's skin and transformed the end of its tail into this little cloud. Did the books were tireing? I avoid drawing too many book at once, especially on a bookshelf, as shading them always makes me nearly mad.
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Thankyou so much :) your thoughtful and detailed comments always mean so much to me!
yes! those books took forever! the first bunch of sketches I did I just couldn't get the books to stack up in a realistic way, and I was so happy when I finally finished colouring them :)
Wow, Sulamith Wulfing - thanks so much! I hadn't heard of her and just looked her up - such beautiful work! That has got to be my next book of paintings to get :)
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Morbido13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
How Beautiful !!!
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Thanks so much :)
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