I was curious to see where my illustration would go if I refrained from critical thinking as I drew and painted. What I ended up with initially was an abstract illustration of the cracked earth.
I felt this sketch was too similar to the photo that initially inspired me. Plus, I didn't really feel satisfied with it. So I started to play around with some digital layers.
As I kept working, I began to feel that this image needed to be more about water, than the lack thereof.
I began thinking in terms of polluted water streams and rivers - and the ecosystems within it. The final above illustration is a result of this creative process.
I didn't want to just copy the image, so I started thinking about what it meant to me. I started to sketch and work intuitively.