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Africa - For tomorrow by Diversionary Africa - For tomorrow by Diversionary
FULLVIEW IS A MUST :)

I made this for a friend who is in love with Africa as am I slowly but surely... First of all this started out as something nice to hang on a wall, then it moved through to something that meant something to her, then has become something that can mean something to everybody.

I wanted to give an impression of the raw beauty of Africa and I think that it's generally forgotten that it is Africa's people that can express that as well as it's biodiversity and natural landscapes, I also wanted to try and capture the difference in the light which changes as u approach the equator... also to capture the future generations that will pave the way to a new Africa... so I concetrated on children with this piece... there's something about the natural wonder and happiness they exude... people say they are poor and have nothing... I really think that it depends on ur perspective... and what you class as a nothing, for in some ways I believe they are incredibly rich... anyway hope u like it, it's neeeearly finished... each square will be separated and hung on walls in the same configuration, i'm hoping to get each printed out at a2 and then framed in a glass borderless frame.
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XLeonhart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great job. Congratulations!!!
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daplayer1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Hey dude!!! This pics is just amazing...
I'm writting a book about africa, and the children... I'm 18 years old
I would have liked to take your picture like a cover, if u allow me...
you can mail me here : eyeofeagle7@yahoo.com
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LifeLoveOneOfUs Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Very beautiful!
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Arya-Susy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
wow, this is so beautiful!
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drgupta Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
This is gorgeous! I love all the technical work (that I can catch) as much as I love the general idea.

Really really beautiful.
--Dave
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AgniKay Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009   Writer
This pic is amazing, i love this, i like the composition, colors, blend, etc...
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kzachambr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
I'm halfway there.
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MakiKaga Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
it's really amazing...

By the way, there are a lot of people who like Japan
;]


MK
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TearsAndHope Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
I love this! I live in Africa and you captured its beauty so well!!
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Maz6277 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
love it x) great work
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mirlimi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I love the technique and editing you used, of painting and photos together.
Also, I agree Africa is much more than what we see on TV. People are a great resource, and not only children (although they compose a good part of the population).

Did you read some African literature to get a different look on Africa ? It is generally disregarded but I am discovering it and finding it very rich and interesting to get an insider's point of view.


mirlimi
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RainbowRo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Great work. Colors are absolutely magnificent
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Wolfbeauty Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful imagery. Your friend is very lucky to have a friend like you to make this for them and you are a very talented person.
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m-shizzles27 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007   Interface Designer
This is AMAZING!
i love it :heart:
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myish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
i love this.
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AMomentInTime Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
That is absolutely wonderful.
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blessedchild Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
I think you represented Africa in a beautiful way. It's the vision of a flourishing Africa. I think that showing the beauty part -which you did, should go along with the solemn realities which we see on other pictures. To see what we create, and what we can have.

I like the framing idea you suggested in artist's comments. I also like the textures, color tone and what you've written there. I like it as a whole.
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Burnin-Heart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007   Photographer
This is gorgeous!!!! I am honestly amaaaaazed! :)
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Hermoon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
wow greatness!
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AMomentInTime Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Absolutely brilliant.
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there thanks a lot ;) glad u liked it
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hostileNATIVE Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
this is really beautifull i love the whole concept and the colors.....great job man! fave!
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ;)
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Alohomora Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is looking fantastic, it does give a more upbeat view of Africa that we normally see. I like the golden toned colours you've used, and I really like how all the kids are looking happy. Surely the Oxfam adverts wait around for the kids to look miserable before they make their adverts?! Anyway, it's good to see a different viewpoint. The lion reminds me of Aslan :D I think my favourite square is the top middle one, very nice indeed, and a good composition. I think it'll look stunning on the wall.
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot babe :D ... glad u like it, and very good points too :) will stick a photo of it up here when I get it printed...
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Alohomora Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking forward to seeing it!
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realityfaery Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful job my dear I really like this one, so a :+fav: for you! :hug:
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Fankuuuuu very much! :D x
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realityfaery Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=D you're welcome
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zoltan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
nice production on this but i'm not sure it achieves what you intended.

you're right to think children can reflect the beauty and diversity of their environment - but you have to be careful you dont fall into a giant cliche..
this looks like a cross between an oxfam poster and an advert for a zoo.

clearly you have added the paint splats and such to create texture and depth, but are they appropriate? i suggest you look at the work of dan eldon, who mixed beautiful landscape shots with personal portraits and native art.. the result is a great deal more authentic than this.

the format puzzles me.. why the individual panels? the only way they could be justified would be if they illustrated different facets of africa, but here its just one picture broken up into many.

the actual photos are great however did you take them? if not then credit the source.

please realise this comment is honest criticism.
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, I appreciate honest criticism we wouldn't get far without it... I think that comparing this to an oxfam ad is slightly short sighted as it's obviously not a bleeding hearts ad... I also agree that trying to get the children to express the beauty of africa can be cliched and in one sense was a much bigger task than I had intended and have not yet completely achieved hmmm I sense a back to drawing board coming on... and the zoo ad... well that i'll leave in ur court as I don't agree, not many children in zoos. That aside I haven't really pulled the themes together yet as this is my 2nd draft, when you say authentic, what is ur gauge for authenticity? This is a meandering of my mind, whichever path it takes in my view is authentic to me... if you meant that I am not portraying them well in some way, what would u suggest? This was just meant to be something she could look at and be reminded of her memories of africa... a spectrum of her times there... During my time there this in my opinion gives me great flashbacks to the kids that chase you as you come into their villages, and the light really reminds me of the north... guess it depends on where u've been there and ur memories of it.

Maybe it's the way I described it, I think mainly because it started out as something for an individual and then I started adding politics to it, I guess that could've also been to do with the fact that I had been reading The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre and was frustrated by it ;) ...

The reason for the configuration is that she likes that style... I do too... personal preference I guess. As for justifying it, if I wanted to display it cut into strips or in a circular format it'd be because I feel it expresses what I want it to best... I dont think there should be such extreme rules and laws with art, isn't that what expression is all about? You can say, I personally don't think the configuration works, but saying the only way to justify something is stating a rule that yo u define isn't something i'd agree with.

Hope you don't mind me being honest too, but I want to say thanks for the feedback I shall take it onboard and would love to show you the next incarnation...

All the best,

J.
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zoltan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
ok i understand your decisions more, and i apologise for wording some of my criticism badly (justifying format etc.) btw when i said it reminded me partially of a zoo advert i was referring to the animals! about the 'authenticity': you're absolutely right, what seems authentic to me, may seem totally contrived to someone else... i appreciate you taking the time to respond to my comment, and good luck with the next version :)
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, not a problem, I appreciate constructive criticism very much and I do agree with a few of your points so please do crit some of my other work if u get a chance... but I also will disagree and defend something I think isn't right ;) ... but that's the way it works isn't it, two way street... thanks again.
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Diversionary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, thanks a lot, appreciate ur comments :)
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