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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

I'm an individual who has an idea for some free schwag to give away at Burning Man and requires the services of an artist.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

Burning Man is a large festival and experiment in temporary community and decommodification that takes place annually in the Black Rock Desert and culminates in the burning of a large wooden figure called "The Man." Burning Man forbids commercial activity by participants and operates via a gift economy.

I need an illustration that pays tribute to the ubiquitous and frequently parodied "Evolution of Man" zoetrope illustrating the evolution of human beings from aquatic life or apes (depending on the version) into modern homo sapiens. I've attached an example of the trope in question to this project.

The illustration should be black and white, involve only four figures, and feature, in order from left to right: a fish, a reptile or lizard, a man holding a spear, and Burning Man's Man himself.

The important element linking these images together and setting them apart from other illustrations of this trope is that rather than realistic pictures, each should appear to be a skeletal-like figure that incorporates in some fashion the semicircular exposed ribs and polygonal head with cross-hatching that are a familiar part of The Man's design, so that the first three figures appear to illustrate in order the "evolution" of The Man as he appears today from a similar-looking fish. I've attached photos of the Man I took in two different years to illustrate the familiar, mostly-unchanging design, as well as a closeup of the Man's head. Numerous other photos are also on the Internet.

The illustration created for this project will go onto pin-back buttons, and the buttons printed from this design will then be given away free ( as "schwag".) They will not be advertising nor accompanied by an advertisement for any product or service, commercial or otherwise.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Burners who like schwag.

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

The zoetrope must only have four figures, as described, and must appear to illustrate the "evolution" of Burning Man's Man.

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