AfriJuku Illustrations Outcome

“Under no circumstance will I travel by bus for a 16hrs journey ever again”: I do remember saying this to myself last year during Christmas and yet I still went through all that hassle to return home for the holidays. Well what can I say, I find buses the most comfortable -_-

Regarding the illustrations I was working on, I did finish them and Gimp aided colouring still comes out really good; just a few issues there and there but I kicked out a few habits Photoshop spoilt me with lol

Well the other habits still remained caused I found out that I had “Adobe Photoshop Elements 9” in my laptop. I stumbled upon it while mistakenly opening a Photoshop file and it opened. Apparently there has being two more versions out since this 9th Element.

Before I ramble on about Photoshop Elements which I’m still trying to figure out, below are the illustrations I worked on using Gimp.

 

Prints from last year’s project totally came in handy. Although it took a lot of time to figure out how to get the patterns into Gimp, which by the way was so straight forward;

Just open the image in gimp, resize the image, depending on how big you want the repeat pattern to be and then save it as a .pat file in the gimp “pattern” folder. Done.

I however learnt it the much harder way…It was worth it though 🙂

 

 

Gimp For Now [Afrijuku Illustrations Progress]

Finished my second semester at AUB, so being off university for more than 2weeks now and I’m already missing the machineries/technology. Earlier today I had gone in just to scan in my A3 illustrations and oh how much I miss Photoshop L

I have to stick with Gimp; the free software I had being using before getting into university. Not that am saying Gimp is completely useless, no it is beautiful free software but now I find myself cursing at it for not having certain functions Photoshop had spoilt me with.

Being working on a few more “AfriJuku” illustrations and decided to start putting in more of the prints I had being working on earlier this year.

Screen Shot of illustration am currently working on with Gimp

Screen Shot of illustration am currently working on with Gimp

I seriously wonder when my illustrations will have feet. I tried using an A3 paper so I could maybe squeeze her feet in but unfortunately, the bigger the paper I was drawing with, the longer I drew her legs still ending up with no space for her feer. Haha.

TEE SHIRT PROJECT [Moodboard outcomes] 2/2

Visual kei emerged in the early 1980s, pioneered by bands such as X Japan, D’erlanger, Buck-Tick and Color. The term visual kei is believed to come from one of X Japan’s slogans, “Psychedelic violence crime of visual shock”.

Color

Color

Buck-Tick

Buck-Tick

D'erlanger

D’erlanger

X-Japan

X-Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t only look into Visual Kei but also into Anime/Manga, so I could try mixing them together. To achieve this, I looked into other t-shirt prints that involved visual kei and came across the likes of Sex Pot Revenge, Geshhou, RippleJunction and the cool Hirooka Naoto.

The outcome was cool VK prints. Not too graphic and not too simple. Check out my board containing the final t-shirts below and also the mood board I re-created, which to me came out better than the first.

Redone Moodboard

Redone Moodboard

Final t-shirts board

Final t-shirts board

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Also, please do check out my shop at spreadshirt ^.^ V
http://kazdayo.spreadshirt.co.uk/

Ma muse Amber Liu (wearing on of ma tshirt) lol

Ma muse Amber Liu (wearing on of ma tshirt) lol

TEE SHIRT PROJECT [Moodboard outcomes] 1/2

Wednesday was the deadline for our mood boards at AUB and I must say it got surprisingly stressful for me at the last minute.

Just when you think you got it all sorted; you’re gonna get this project over and done with before then and then them silly doubts starts creeping into your mind even when you’ve finished.

We were required to research and develop using a sketch book or blog about the project, produce a mood board containing our brand, logo and strap line and then design a range of t-shirts and produce another board presenting our final best ideas. Then after all that, we had to open a shop at spreadshirt (my uh-oh moment there)<—- Say wha? :O

There was a slight panic as the mood board for a brand, logo and strap line’s deadline date got nearer. I had ideas but there were not firm. Here below is what I presented after giving up; =.=”

KazDayo

Moodboard for my brand, KazDayo

Oh dear, oh dear; I didn’t rush it. Just that I didn’t think too much about laying it out properly, I just wanted to show what I had at the moment and this mood board looked simply and nice in my eyes.

Brushing that off after submitting it, I worked on my sketchbook aiming to make it better and more creative. I was into Visual Kei aka VK. It was not much of a deal to think about ideas because I had already done a t-shirt project during the holidays as you can see in my previous blog. [https://afrijuku.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/holiday-project-22/]

So what does Visual Kei mean?

fave vk bands/artists

fave vk bands/artists
see anyone you like? eheh 😉

“Visual” is in English and “Kei” means style in Japanese (ヴィジュアル系 “bijuaru kei“visual style” or “visual system”)
Some sources state  it’s a type of music from Japan that is a combination of Punk Rock and Glam Rock. It can be hard rock or more easy listening rock. It can be dark and Gothic or bright and cheerful. However other sources state that visual kei is only a fashion, with its unique clothing, make-up and participation in the related subculture being what exemplifies the use of the term.

Artist Miyavi

Artist Miyavi

Hirooka Naoto designgot image from: http://www.kaboodle.com

Hirooka Naoto design
got image from: http://www.kaboodle.com

Well to me, “Visual Kei” is both music and fashion because in any event the clothing is as important to the fans as the music.

Most Visual Kei bands are all male, but it incorporates androgyny so gender doesn’t matter and sometimes you can’t tell the boys from the girls; ha-ha, that’s the fun part of it 😉

Imma Tell Ya A Wee Bit Bout “LECTRA” 3/3

And there’s Kaledo Style, actually ma favourite! :3 It brings design, product development, marketing and management together as you develop trends and collections. I’m talking about prints, weaves and knits on your working sketch, in just a few mouse clicks away. For me, this is goodbye to sketching with pencil and then going over it with fine liner to get that “perfect” technical look. Kaledo has got it all baby B) and like I said a “FEW” mouse clicks away; that is when ya get used to it lol

working with darker shades in kaledo...grey scale

working with darker shades in kaledo…grey scale

kaledo with basic colour

kaledo with basic colour

As you can see in the above screenshots. Kaledo is totally awesome. I love it, love it, looooveeee it. Used it for the technical drawing for our jersey Tshirt. Then we got unto scanning in fabrics for pattern fill purposes. Below are the fabrics I scanned into the Kaledo software’ which was pretty much quite straight forward if I must say.

leopard print bluey mood.

leopard print bluey mood.

lace scanned in

lace scanned in

The final outcome with these two babies here(to the left and down below) came out really interesting.

kaledo with pattern filli didn't just design this by the way, i will totally wear it! :)

kaledo with pattern fill
i didn’t just design this by the way, i will totally wear it! 🙂

Overall Lectra is a must have in the fashion world. And as a fashion student, in just the short time I have used this software it has worked wonders for me. Just looking forward to what more I could do with it, especially that Modaris 3D fit we have being hearing about!

Imma Tell Ya A Wee Bit Bout “LECTRA” 2/3

Diamino works alongside Modaris. After you are satisfied with your pattern, you tranfer it to this piece of work (Diamino) and you’re ready to make your layout plan as efficient as possible. You could play around with it to get the best out of it; the higher the rate at the efficiency bar, the more efficient your pattern is or you could simple just be lazy and go with the automated way, let Diamino do the laying out for ya 😀

diamino, layout planning

diamino, layout planning

I did struggle a little bit more with this, because once again the wrong click could really mess up a lot of things for you. I liked it but am possibly not enjoying it as much as Modaris since I’ve still not got quite the hang.

And that explains why this post is shorter than the rest. No worries, victory shall be mine. There’s still hope for the future. ;P

Imma Tell Ya A Wee Bit Bout “LECTRA” 1/3

lectra logo

lectra logo

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions—software, CAD/CAM hardware, and associated services—specifically designed for industries using textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, or composites to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries including aeronautics, marine, wind turbine, etc

It’s our second semester in the Fashion Design course at AUB and we’ve being introduced to the Lectra software. I must it has being quite a journey. It includes three packages which I believe is making an impact in the Fashion world; Modaris, Diamino and Kaledo Style.

kaledo screenshot

kaledo screenshot

diamino screenshot

diamino screenshot

modaris screen shot

modaris screen shot

First day we got into Modaris. The one thing that ticked me off about this package is that the wrong click could drive you mad. You can only left click. Sounded quick straightforward, but the moment we got started it didn’t take seconds before mistakes were made.

Apart from the “left-click” scenario, Modaris to me is a wonderful software. It is used for pattern-making and grading. Basically it makes life a lot easier in that area; that’s when you get the hang of it. It was mostly used in major French and Italian luxurious brands but now has being adopted in different parts of the world. Well, it has reached us here in Europe.

modaris pattern makerya can see front, back, neck rib, sleeve and cuff patterns

modaris pattern maker
ya can see front, back, neck rib, sleeve and cuff patterns

After a few sections of Modaris with our lecturer, I was even more amazed. It did most of the work for me. No more struggling with the measuring tape to get the most accurate measurements on my paper pattern; Modaris was on it!  Shortening/ lengthening a pattern was a few clicks away. Pure genius.

It was so much fun! And I am going to say it again; that’s when you get a hang of it 😉

Have you heard of Shingo Sato?

Neither did I, until today ^_^

He is a fashion designer/pattern maker famous for his Transformational Reconstruction (TR) approach to pattern design. He has unusual design process in which he designs directly on the form. He adds fullness, decorative details, seaming and the best fit, all as he works directly on his figures. This process he uses was learned when he began his design career with Azzedine Alaia in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The example above is just the beginning. He was at our University today and he showed us various forms he had finished; believe me when I say I was gutted to have gotten late to his presentation due to the fact that i had gone to the wrong room first. And I was again gutted when I got there and the front spaces were taken.

And guess what? I couldn’t take any photos in my position. There was so much as well 😦 But hey, he’s got some videos up at Youtube and here are the one I’ve checked out below:

Shingo Sato is from Sapporo city in Japan. He went to Bunka Fashion College in Hokkaido.

Worked as a technical assistant from year 1982 – 1986 in Azzedine alaia in Paris.

In Trussardi in Milano, Mr Sato worked as a pattern maker from year 1986 – 1990.

Now, he has his own studio in Milan 🙂

So… yeah, just had to share this cause he is awesome!

My Prints/Pattern Repeat

After getting some prints done for my sketchbook, I stared at them blanking wondering what exactly I was trying to achieve. Although they were all quite interesting, I felt more could be done with them. That’s when pattern repeat with Photoshop came to mind. below are my prints I created with Acrylic paint on layout paper 🙂

Dragging my feet to my Design and Research class, I had a little chat with one of my Lecturers asking her what she thought about my prints. After staring at them for a while, she suggested working with four of them at a time instead of one.

Then, it didn’t really get to me what she meant but I simply nodded as if in agreement. Went to the PC room and scanned my prints in.

inspired by a cosplay with safety pins on a mask. colored background with acrylic and the used stick for the safety pins (yes, those are meant to be safety pins =.=”)

inspired by imagining a very thick forest, i could see a lot of green( the background) and brown, strangely still see blue.

inspired by the sea and star fish (oh yes, them red blob looking things are meant to be star fishes’ ) and there’s some sea sand at the top :3

inspired by mud cloth. Still tryna remember what kind of a story i was tryna portray here, hopefully it’ll come back to me once more and I’ll remember to jot it down. 🙂

had a butterfly print ribbon that i used for my Harajuku cosplay at halloween and stripped it into three, painted over it. THAT (above) happened! XD

My hair’s on that lol jks. Used my hair to paint it. ;P
Inspired by my hair U.U

inspired by the mud cloth. 🙂

Now it was down to Photoshop to do the rest but unfortunately, I couldn’t quite remember how to do the repeat pattern. Decided to search for tutorial: of course using Google 🙂 Took a lot of searching there and here before I could get a tutorial that was quite simple enough for me to get it right. Read the full post »

MaNa

As a child, Mana was introduced to classical music by his parents who were both music teachers. He started to play piano, listening almost only to classical music especially his favorite Johann Sebastian Bach.

Mana then went on making his own music during high school and his first band was a punk group called “Girl’e” (active from 1989-1990). He was called Serena in that band and he played the guitar.  He then played bass for Mantenrou meaning ‘skyscraper’ (1990-1992).

After leaving Mantenrou in April 1992, he founded another group called Malice Mizer with another guitarist, Kozi. Mana was the lead guitarist, chief songwriter, choreographer and overall artist director.

Mana rarely speaks in public. He had often whispered into the ear of a band member or confidante, who then relates his words back to the interviewer. Sometimes he uses yes/no cards or express himself using mime.

There was an occasion when he was sitting on the floor and when he was asked what he was doing and why he was sitting that way, he replied

“It’s cute”

In 1999, Mana created his own clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, which features two lines of designs named “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat”.

moi meme moitie

Opened a shop in October 1999 in Aoyama Tokyo. He also has another one now in Nagoya.

Elegant Gothic Lolita, EGL or Gothic Lolita for short, involves a teen or young adult who dresses in amazingly elaborate Gothic looking baby-doll costumes. Below are a few examples of the EGL clothing lines Mana has created:

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana, Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

There’s Elegant Gothic Aristocrat. The imitates the mature decadence of the late Neogothicera, which emphasis on simplicity and elegance. It consists black and white, dark colors and natural tones with delicate detailing such as ruffles or lace trimmings, and completed with black, clunky boots and heavy makeup. Here are some examples below: Read the full post »