Football Illustration: The ABCs of Northern Ghana book project



I’ve just finished a new illustration for the project 9 Degrees North: The ABCs of Northern Ghana, which is a charity picture book by the Tools for Schools Africa Foundation. The book will be a compilation of illustrations  from varying artists, each creating an image for one letter of the alphabet.

My letter was: F for FOOTBALL

The text for the page will be:
Ghanaian kids love football! They play as much as they can, and dream of one day taking the field with the Black Stars, Ghana’s national football team.

As a note, football in Ghana is soccer in the U.S. (I didn’t get the assignment wrong!). This was a challenging topic for me, as I wouldn’t consider myself to be artistically inspired by pro sports. BUT, I am inspired by dreams, and I love the idea of these kids playing out in the dirt, dreaming of one day becoming professional players themselves. I made that my focus for this drawing.

Rough Concept Sketch

Final Illustration: Pen and Ink, and Watercolors



  1. Nice ill., Eliza. The cool background really makes the foreground feel warm and toasty! Like the action of the kids and the way you did those little huts, too.

  2. Eliza–stunning both conceptually (the pros in the clouds) and stylistically. Even I, a sports ignoramus, can feel the action of these young football players. A privilege to meet you and see your beautiful (and well-conceived!) portfolio in person. Love this project.

  3. Wow! Your work is really amazing.

  4. I love your illustration in the ABC book(football)you are great.I also did the back cover painting.i love your work very much.thank you for supporting ABC book project.Ghana love you.

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