Illustrating (Adobe Photoshop/illustrator)

After being introduced to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, I decided to give a go and came up with this:

Illustration using Ai 🙂

Adobe illustrator was actually way more easier to use than I thought, (although it took me a while to finish due to the fact that I kept making loads of changes). The brush strokes came out so nice; in fact it did most of the work for me sometimes, only a few times it proved a bit difficult, round the top eyelashes; tried getting a thin and then thicker line at the end but had to give in to the plain thick line.

Also did go about illustration using the good old draw and scan method, then using Adobe Photoshop for the coloring of the line art. Only time I prefer this method is when the lines are connected, so that when it came to actually selecting an area to color, it wouldn’t be such a headache.

Below are two of my favorite outcomes;

Basic idea of AfriJuku

went a bit bold with AFri colours/pattern here while Juku stayed dark lol

I’m sure it’s being said so many times before but, Photoshop is totally awesome >,<

Check out my new found photo edition “skills”

photo edit with photoshop 🙂

Although I had a major issue selecting round ma afro, it actually came out quite alright :3


In Pitt Rivers Museum

Expecting to get some inspiration for my project, went to Pitt Rivers museum as a group with my course mates. Got my camera set, ready to open my mind to everything I will see and ignore the fact that I don’t really like going to museums.

Upon getting there, the building was quite interesting.

from Pitt River’s museum

Must say that I totally like the medieval architecture (learnt this term while I was trying to describe the form of architecture) It’s basically a term used to represent various forms of architecture common in Medieval Europe. 🙂

Upon getting inside, I met with Mr Leopard( well obviously a stuffed one), with his beautiful brown eyes, couldn’t help it, had to take a pic.

from Pitt Rivers museum

Went in further, excited about the cool colourful things I might find and I stood before this building

from Pitt Rivers museum

from Pitt Rivers museum

Like it so much; it’s a colourful building (from the 16th-17th century) and it looks really cool, why wouldn’t I like it? haha.

Then there was the beautiful art work with water-colour “Chinese White” and Ivory Black” from the 1980s by Page of London

from Pitt Rivers museum

I smiled when I saw this

from Pitt Rivers museum

I really do want to believe this is similar to hockey. I mean everything looks similar except for the fact that they are in horses.

And here is Mr and Mrs truly vibrant, unusual, beady, yeah…Africana 🙂

from Pitt Rivers museum

You gotta admit it looks so cool and adorable. It’s a set (cloth and beads on metal framework) called “Tea Party” by MaHlambisa (cannot even pronounce that lol).

Check this other cool stuff out

from Pitt Rivers museum

It’s a fan; “made of cane, dyed yarn and recycled packing straps, the edges are chicken feathers, some of it dyed pink” By Susan Mailau.

Did look out for some fabric, but could only get a picture of two of them that I really liked.

from Pitt Rivers museum

from Pitt Rivers museum

Unfortunately, didn’t really get the names of these but they caught my attention and I had to take a photo 🙂

Overall, my visit to the Pitt Rivers museum was quite exciting actually. Although I didn’t get the inspiration I was expecting to get for my project (to be more specific, wanted to see more Asian stuff), I did get to see some interesting historical things. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t mind going to museums from now on. ^_^

Into “AfriJuku”

Well, let me write a lil bit about “AfriJuku”.

Harajuku can go miles – from the brightest (very bold I must say)


Here’s a link of where I got the Image:

And Harajuku can go very dark.

Basically, you can work anything with Harajuku! 🙂

In the same way, African Frabrics can go both ways as well, from a very bright and vibrant look to a very dark /moldy look. Below are some images of a few I’ve researched about. There’s:

Vlisco with kaleidoscopic patterns, bringing out the really lively part of West/Central Africa (Using Dutch Wax Print)

“Adire” (which is a Yoruba word used for resist dyeing)

The mud cloth (A West African fabric dyed with fermented mud)

The mud cloth is also known as “Bogolanfini” in Mali, where it can get darker in colour, sometimes telling a story and used as an expression of Mali’s national Identity.