Break the Divide

Break the Divide

In early October 2016, I was invited to attend and participate in the Graphic Stories Cyprus conference, in Nicosia, Cyprus. My role would be to be a guest speaker and a workshop coordinator, which I involved myself in. Whilst there the GSC team opened a new exhibition of over 100 posters, called “Nicosia: City of Utopia“. Some time later, and after my renewed invite to 2018’s conference the organisers asked if I could do a special addition to a new event of the poster exhibition, to be held in October 2017, so I set about designing the piece “Break the Divide“.

This is my final contribution; “Break the Divide“, to the 20 selected poster exhibition. The idea was born from two factors; firstly, after much research on Nicosia, I found little mythological or historical to do that could be creative in a poster idea, and secondly on my visit around the city, I saw the famous border between Greece and Turkey. I was pretty surprised at the lack of effect the “so-called Green line” had, and thought it would be good to try and represent it in a symbolic way. This was an intent to rid the world of such borders in a thoughtful way.

It was designed digitally using a montage of resource images, and sketches out in Photoshop. Then later rendered in several layers using a set of Photoshop brushes, called Gorgeous Oil. They gave a more natural and painted feel to the artwork, which turned out quite well.

Break the Divide
Sketch Version
Rendered Version

The image I believe came out well. The only change that was required was the slight reposition of one of the doves, and the line to be painted “Green”. All in all a good piece to do.

The exhibition took place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 20th October, 2017. For more information you can visit the site, here.




1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.

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