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 😉

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: (more…)

Into “AfriJuku”

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

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

Image

Here’s a link of where I got the Image:
http://www.lovelyish.com/762225919/10-wild-harajuku-looks/

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.