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.

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 😉

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. (more…)

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

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.