Editorial Illustration / by ciro correia

Once again thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I'm grateful that you show interest in my professional and personal work as an illustrator, designer and artist. I previously posted some of the preparatory sketches for this piece, so here's the finished illustration.

I've worked on a lot of fantasy/scifi/horror illustrations over my career and have over the last year or so decided to expand the scope of my illustration work (I'm still open to working on fantasy/scifi and horror projects - just that I don't want to limit my work to these themes and want to explore different markets). I haven't done any politically orientated illustrations in years - so this has been a nice change. 

Growing up in Southern Africa I always thought it was cool that artists and art have often acted as a society's conscious, our images and work are not only meant to inspire beauty or help us to escape to far off places but also, at times, to speak about the human condition or the state of the world. It's a tricky thing, because there is often more than one perspective on the same issue - but often you have to choose a message and try to convey it the best you can.

All we offer is a point of view, an opinion to help us think and inspire a more open perspective on the world - however, ...

"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream," (V, i. 440-455)

Once again thanks for reading my posts, and more importantly viewing my work.