In Project 2, we created designs that address themes relating to Gordon Parks’ work such as poverty, racism, and discrimination. For our first 5 thumbnail sketches we drew illustrations that represented racial injustice, while the next four sketches are illustrations that mirror his photographs but in our own art styles or interpretations. We then chose our favorite sketches and expanded it onto 9×12 Bristol Paper. We then gathered different materials like tissue paper and bubble wrap to use as mediums for creating numerous textures and patterns. My illustration is a recreation of Gordon Parks’ famous book cover named the Invisible Man. I made the man into a black woman, especially when there is not enough representation for black women. This demographic is the most mistreated because they struggle with both racial and gender discrimination. I wanted my piece to show how black women constantly live in fear and feel the need to hide themselves or be ashamed of who they are.
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