Sunday, March 05, 2006

Illustration Friday: Insect

Statistics from the World Health Organization:

Malaria is responsible for as many as half the deaths of African children under the age of five. The disease kills more than one million children - 2,800 per day - each year in Africa alone. In regions of intense transmission, 40% of toddlers
may die of acute malaria.

About 40% of the world's population - about two billion people - are at risk in about 90 countries and territories. 80 to 90% of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa where 90% of the infected people live.

34 comments:

Minda said...

Perfect drawing for such a tragedy.

isay said...

i have a missionary friend who had malaria working in Papua New Guinea and it was scary how he described how the other people suffered from it and some even died. 'glad he got well and was able to help the others.

this is a great illustration! lighting effects is very effective.

The Unknown said...

Great illo and freaky. Great job.
love

HARDWAX said...

Looking at this,I wish I had been more thoughtful in my ideas this week.
The marraige of the beautiful and the tragic in one absorbing illustration and as always, admire the light.

Katili said...

A fine image to go with such cold statistics information with a lot of human suffering behind those figures. Supporting help organizations is something everyone can do, but there also should be more participating from the wealthy world's governments to create the vaccinations and the water situation better in Africa.

Rick Lovell said...

Great idea, nicely executed.

Ellen Byrne said...

Fantastic concept and follow through. And thanks for the awareness info on malaria, other folks' trials. Your illo tells the story well.

janey said...

A great image, goes very well with your post.

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

a very powerful image.

Janet said...

Yes...powerful image...and thought provoking!

IdiotHead said...

Those are staggering statistics. I did not know malaria was that rampant. It makes me wonder if there are worse diseases out there.
Great picture - even better education.
8^)

modroom said...

Thought provoking sad truths, but it's good to spread some awareness about these things. Like your illustration style as usual, this one carries a message too. Peace and love to you Twisselman. .::)

Queen Tut said...

Hello, the dripping blood makes it intense and really leaves you wondering if people should be spilling blood over malaria!

Randi said...

Wow, this has a powerful message as well as a gorgous design. The shadows and dripping blood are done wonderfully. I think that the concept in amazing. Very well done!

Debra Cooper said...

Very moving and visuallly rich. Pulls you in and keeps you there contemplating the message.
Well done.

...Kat said...

I have such Respect and Admiration for your posting.
Thank You for the reminder to us of this most serious state of affairs!

Kara Miller said...

I love how you took a picture and tuned it into a story and something with meaning behind it. It is an awsome picture that creates conversation with the viewer. Great use of color and creativity. A+!

Amy Zaleski said...

Well done! Very moving image and post. One thing I'm not looking forward to when the weather gets better in a couple of months....mosquitoes!

Suzan said...

Great image! Very effective imagery.

carla said...

Strong imagery to enhance the statistics. In fact, it's chilling. Good job creating a fine visual with a compelling message.

Tulipland said...

Great job!!

steve said...

Excellent work here! It's hard to imagine this kind of thing still affects others when we're econimically worlds apart. I recently saw Bono address this issue in Washington, DC and was pretty moved by his message of power to the people and getting involved, in some small way to help much poorer nations like Africa.

TXArtcGal said...

What a powerful message, and an image that expresses it well. That dripping blood adds so much realism to your message. Awesome job!

Holly said...

Wow! That is quite a powerful and effective illustration. Well done.

Don said...

A well done illustration and very educational. Saddest part is that the medications exist, but those who are most at risk can't get them. Just think if the gross box office take for the openning weekend of Star Wars Ch.3 had been spent on world mission health care...

Sea Angel said...

Loving the illumination.
Perfect. Art and text. =)

anthony said...

excellent illo, it really makes you stop and look at it, wondering what the mosquito represents. i read the adjoining commentary, very disturbing knowledge, but also very important.

scribblesk said...

Impactful and resonant image. Reminds me of the addage that we ought to live simply so that others can simply live.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Wonderful illustration and opportunity to speak out on the topic.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Great illo to highlight such human tragedy. Well done.

PaulSketch said...

I love the background - beautiful artwork and thanks for the info on Malaria. I had no idea how many people it effects, crazy

andrea said...

Scary stats for such an inviting illustration.

bee'nme said...

Great post and illustration - I'm so glad you shared it!! Always a big fan of your work!!

madretz said...

Stunning. Your art (as always) and the statistics.
This was one of the topics during family dinner last week. My husband had read that the simple use of bednets while the children slept would prevent over 50% of the deaths.
Thanks for your powerful imagery.