No. 24 – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Tanzania - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 16,100 ft from its base to 19,341 ft above sea level. Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano and is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 16,893 ft; and Shira, the shortest at 13,140 ft. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again.

The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.

Here’s an African illustration with a different sense of scale! This is my colour study of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with the landscape fading away into the distance and the monumental abstract shape of the mountain on the horizon. Because of it’s size the cloudscapes lie at the centre of the painting, a fun composition for my to play with. The original artwork is 39 x 29 cm, painted with acrylic and ink on paper.

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Next up: No.25 – The Taj Mahal, India.