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”.




















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

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; =.=”


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. []

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:

Hirooka Naoto design
got image from:

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 😉

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