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Student Thesis Project @ R.I.S.D.
Client: Student work
Added: November 17, 2010
Updated: May 20, 2013
I took a summer session as a student to fill out the book illustration part of my portfolio. Writing and illustrating books remains my constant passion.
The Radiance of the King
Camara Laye, introduction by Toni Morrison, translated from the French by James Kirkup
At the beginning of this masterpiece of African literature, Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa. Flush with self-importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is gradually stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold to the royal harem as a slave. But in the end Clarence—s bewildering journey is the occasion of a revelation, as he discovers the image, both shameful and beautiful, of his own humanity in the alien splendor of the king.