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 😉

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!

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!