Monday, October 16, 2017
Irony and Contradiction
While the riots in Charlotte were going on, I was in my studio listening to the news and creating this illustration for an educational publisher here in the US. My directions were to include an Asian teacher, a Hispanic girl, an African American boy, a white girl and a white boy. The irony and contradiction of it was mind-blowing. Was I really in the same country?
Writers and illustrators for children have always been mindful of the variety of races that surround us not only in the U.S but in the world. Including people of different ethnicities, and writing about different cultures make literature that is enlightening and illustrations that are rich and interesting.
The same goes for life.