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June 30, 2012
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Child Soldier by CrimsonMagpie Child Soldier by CrimsonMagpie
I drew and painted this for the fifth issue of the Brooklyn illustrated newspaper Thunk, and as that issue has now been released I can show it to you guys! :dummy:

This is obviously indented to fit with the whole Kony thing that was popular a while back. I never actually read anything about the issue, but an image like this is easy enough to put together, since (to the astonishment of the trendy idiots of the world) child soldiers existed before Kony was kewl and hip.

I put in some carefully considered details to add more impact to the image.... Notice that the gun is a US Armalite rather than the typical Kalashnikov one expects in images like these. Research confirmed that some militias obtain these rifles, and also note that it's a 1960s vintage M16, not a modern M4. ;)

The editor told me that this image has gotten a lot of positive feedback from their readers. :happybounce:

Ink & watercolour on paper, 29 x 42cm
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I like this image.I love these details in it like the Elmo doll he holds which shows how they are forced in a war they do not understand and how it's ruined their childhood.Also the way the child looks that he dosen't care and ijust wants to go home and get food really impacts you and the vest is a little oversized is just perfect.Little minor problems are it seems a litttle too cartoonish and maybe it's the technique.I'm not sure.Overall it's a terrific piece with some minor flaws that you could easily fix.

P.S. This is my first Critique.So it may have problems.
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GreenLeafTheServine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That Elmo Doll Is Creepy :/
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Is a non-creepy Elmo doll possible? :noes:
Armygeneral13 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
where i come from in Ohio there are a lot of Somalian refugees and most of the teens have fought in wars. it's a very sad thing if you think of it
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed it is, although one could also think about the fact that many teenagers lied about their age in WW1 specifically because they wanted to fight on the frontline. Attitudes change a lot over time.... :p
Armygeneral13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
pittbull44 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
That just reminded me of Somalia
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Whilst it's meant to be a depiction of African child soldiery in general, it was indeed inspired by Somalia, from where many reference photos can unfortunately be found. :noes:
kurobei Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very poignant and sad. The juxtaposition of big, wholesome brands and military gear got me pausing for though. Great style, thought provoking stuff.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad it comes across well, and that the use of recognisable branding works as intended! :meow:
queen-of-olympus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey I wanted to tell you that I love this piece and I'm in an advanced class. I know it's a little late, but my friend used it in his report for "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah and thought you deserved to know.
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