Betrayal – A Global Warming Illustration

Personal project.

Project Info

Digital illustration created for the exhibition “Empathy”, held by the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds in 2012. This artwork was based on a series of sketches I developed back in 2008 about domestic violence, for an etching project that was never finished. I found them years later and decided that the idea was worth the remaking, and turned the central meaning from domestic violence to planetary violence..

The concept is about the harm we do to ourselves by contaminating the planet. We are part of a cycle and if we destroy parts of it, we’re killing our specie at the same time. So yes, the global warming idea is there, but my intention is to show a deeper, ethical idea about ourselves.

Technological development is good and necessary, but exploiting our resources until they disappear is not the best idea. Nature is a perfect machine with no flaws, and if we try to force it to take a different current, we will be the first ones regretting it. It’s not about ‘what’, but about ‘how much’.

This artwork was also featured as the film poster for the film documentary “Guardians of the Earth”, directed by Filip Antoni Malinowski with music by Nils Frahm and starred amongst others by Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This Illustration is available for/as…

  • Licensing (with rights reserved).
  • Prints: You can purchase several sizes and finishes (poster, canvas, glicée, aluminium…) on the following links: Fine Art America, deviantArt.
  • T- Shirts and other apparel are available from my Redbubble.

This Making Of video was created for the event Photoshop Rockstars by Adobe in Callao City Lightsº

About Mario Sánchez Nevado

Mario is the CEO of Aégis Illustration. He's a freelance Illustrator and Art Director based in Madrid (Spain), and works creating covers for music bands and publishing houses all over the world. He also develops the role of Art Director and Manager of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds. Also, he writes Photoshop Tutorials from time to time and teaches digital imaging and self-management for creatives.