For the Drawing II class I took, we had to pick a subject for a series of drawings to complete throughout the term. I decided to go with drawings of children. To find out what others had done and what was out there on the inter-webs, I looked up “illustrations of children” online. What did I find? Not a single picture of a standalone child of African descent on the first page.
Searching under “illustrations of black children” brought up some, but mostly contained black and white coloring pages. The search under “drawings of children” fared slightly better. Where are all the children of color? Are they not children too? Do people not make illustrations about these children? With those questions in mind I drew the series with the aim to represent a small portion of the children left out of those search images.