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Suri Chief's Orphan Dream

It took two solid days to create an initial version of this image. Then I went to other projects so I could come back with fresh eyes to spend another day finalizing the illustration.


Interviewing the major Suri tribe chief

This is the group of people involved during my interview with Chief Bolagadong with his baboon cap in the center. In the left foreground is my guide and interpreter Irmius, our Suri interpreter sits just to the right of the chief and the disinterested chief's son is in the white shirt. The others are just village spectators hanging out.


Chief Bolagadong sleeping

During my interview, Suri Chief Bolagadong mentioned that his grandfather came to him in a dream. I knew that I had to get a photograph of the chief sleeping, or at least looking like he is sleeping. The bystanders chuckle. This is one of the two major chiefs of the tribe. But the chief complies.


Finding the background environment image


Modifying the Chief to be his deceased Grandfather

Figuring that the current chief must look somewhat like his ancestors, I modified this image of Bolagdong as the dream advising grandfather. I changed the hands and coat.


Find and outline kids

I found appropriate images of orphaned kids, then selected them from the background to drop into the final illustration.


Various layers of textures are added

Combining separate images in Photoshop

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Final Image