I found the conch a central object of the book - it sybolised democracy; a delicate thing - when the conch was smashed, civilisation fell beyond repair. This is why I felt it was important to depict it as a white, fragile silhouette, with the darkness encroaching upon it and bleeding into it.
I drew the conch onto paper, cut it out and stuck it onto a white piece of paper, protecting a clear space beneath it. I then used chalk, paint and ink to create an erratic, irregular background, echoing the confusion and darkness inside the boys' heads. I then peeled off the conch shape.
The design is entirely my own.