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.