This illustration is for a story I found in the Australian "Marie Claire" magazine titled "Spy Games". It is about the Russian governments suppression of human rights, some activists professing it to be the biggest clampdown on civil liberties since the fall of communism 20 years ago. The piece is introduced in the light of the Sochi Winter Olympics and the international uproar over Putins anti-gay laws.
The best part of doing this course was that it was tutored by world renowned illustrator Anita Kunz (cover artist for The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone magazine etc). Receiving personal feedback from her was an absolute highlight! Her final critique... "BEAUTIFUL!!! You really did a great job! I love the sensitive line and colors! And I love how you emphasized the 2 girls, but didn't do it overtly...it now becomes a second read...really really great!"
(Skillshare course: "Editorial Illustration: Communicating an Idea Visually". Anita Kunz. April 2014)