Last week the photo of a drowned Syrian boy gave testament to the power a single image can have, as it sparked Europe into action and changed the course of our ongoing refugee crisis.

Two weeks ago in Yellow – our series of 52 artists illustrating 52 weeks of news – Eva Bee illustrated the developing news of refugees desperately fleeing to Europe. A week later the crisis hit a turning point when newspapers the world over published front cover images of three year old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, drowned on a Turkish beach after the boat carrying his family capsised at sea. Popular opinion shifted overnight as borders were opened and aid flooded to refugees now travelling across Hungary, Turkey, Greece and Germany.

Handling week 42 of Yellow and illustrating the tragic story is Paul Blow, an illustrator based out of Dorset whose work has featured in New Scientist, Business Week and in animated form on VH1.


Click here for all the illustrations in our Yellow series.

Coming up in Yellow: Ben the Illustrator (next Monday) Hattie StewartMalika FavreChris Simpsons Artist and Matt the Horse.