Fashion Paper Illustration

Illustrations, Uncategorized, Wonderings of a Mixed Media Artist

As much as my wardrobe doesn’t reflect it, I enjoy a good runway show. I think what attracts me the most is how ideas are portrayed on a person really. How a style or a look changes how one percieves the wearer or just how a well made outfit brings out another side of the wearer, you know. If you dress up for halloween, a cosplayer or work as an actor, you get a huge taste of that. Now, having the chance to bring that into your everyday life is something many would want to do it without having to either break the bank or look eccentric or missing from a movie set so fashion is their ticket to it…and I love it.

I love watching people strut their stuff in new clothes. Yes, I do tend to morph into one of my picky aunties when I see an issue with a look ( too much, too little, too tight, too gaudy, all the “too” everythings out there) but hey, they got my attention so that’s good.

So, as I draw fashion illustrations digitally like my Disney Inspired Wedding Looks, I also make versions of looks that I like with paper.

I started making my paper fashion illustrations as the 2017 Lagos Fashion Week started with some of the outfits I saw on the runway. Starting with this by Ejrio Amos Tafiri.

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About that Curvy Life

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Gert-Johan Coetzee

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I admit, it was fun making my version of them so I went ahead and made Nigeria’s Movie Sweetheart, Adesua Wellington ‘s bridal outfits for her very viral wedding.

I took a break from making my paper dolls for a while but just like winter, they came back knocking as I fell in love with this look bridal look by Tubo Women’s Wear.

Bridal Look (KKbrix)

And now, with the #PillowChallenge that has gone wild on instagram, ths was an easy one for me.

Pillow challenge

I have plans on teaching this as I have added some notches to my teaching career and want to continue dispite the changes we all have to make due the Corona Virus. But in the mean time, here is quick video of how I made my #pillowcallenge mama.

My very own runway…I like alot.

GIFs and Shorts of 2019

Illustrations, Wonderings of a Mixed Media Artist

I took a skill share class, Animation for Illustration, earlier this year to help clear my head a little bit and also spread my wings into making really short videos, clips and GIFs. As I left journalism a few years ago, my editing and videoing skills took a dip so this illustration class got me back to making other types of videos without having to do so much videoing…it did, however, make me do alot more drawing and storyboarding in a sense and pushed me into not being so afraid of actually drawing (yes, that fear is always there).

So, Here are some of my GIFs and Short clips for 2019. Most of them came from just trying out stuff and seeing how they would look animated, others were just because I sat in front of my computer for too long and couldn’t leave without making something.

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My very first from the work assignment of Animation for Illustration, ‘My beating Heart”.

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Even a naughty friend said this was naughty so, I guess this was a good fail 😀

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I did another as it was during the Valentine season when I took the class so hearts were all over the place. I did want it to have an 80’s video feel with a touch of Afrobeat to it. That background was made with my Foam prints and I love it so much. You can get it as a print, a mug, a tote bag and more at my Red Bubble store.

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This is the product of another Skill share Class, Funky Letters: Turn your Hand Lettering Into Funky GIFs. 

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Nigeria was going through Elections at the time I made this one. Well, we see how that turned out. it certainly is the case of insanity as we keep on doing the same thing and expect a change somewhere.

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I created this based on a prompt from the Artist comunnity group I am a part of locally. It was meant to be just an illustration but it was a rainy day and having the rain fall while she is not happy about, it made my day becuase I literally figured out how to make it rain. Also, the background is an actual photo of where I take the bus sometimes when I go into downtown London, Ont.

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My tab had a little meltdown so all that was left of my raw files were images of my last edits. So I just picked up from that and kept adding to Monica here and she became this pissed off lady who hates the cold. I didn’t stop at this scene with her, I left her feeling it some more with a weather change video which I cooked up with premiere:

She is really not happy caught up in this revolving door.

It was a fun day editing this one. As I explore many skills I have acquired along the years, it is fun mxing up illustration pieces with actual videos. So this is the outline of one of my masquerades with a short video clip I made of rhinestones in water.

I made this to mark Vitilago Day. I have a sister who has lived most of her life with this condition and even though she lives her life to the fullest, doing anything to create awareness and educate people about this condition is the least I can do. In making this video, I combined an illustration I made with short video clips of ink in water that I captured. This depicts what I observed about the condition on my sister and it keeps shifting on one’s skin where long term exposure to the sun and other things can exacebate the condition. it reminds me of a flow and the twists and turns of the mood and mental health of those with the condition.

And this is just a fun stop motion video of the parts I made of Pennywise the Clown from “It”. The book is one of my top ten horror books (Never read it alone). I loved both depictions of Pennywise by Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgard (Tim Curry came for our ComicCon in London but I didn’t get the chance to go). I got it ready right on time to grace my door for the trick or treaters on my street. You can see the process of how I made it at my instagram page.

And these are some videos from my studio. I hope to make  more GIFs and short videos in the coming year. Maybe that would be my passion project for 2020. Yaaaaaaay 2020.

Have a wonderful christmas and a fabulous New Year.

 

 

13 Inspiring Nigerian Women to Read up on…

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Black history month was a few weeks ago. As it was celebrated, discussed and observed, I had found myself diving head first into creating digital illustrations of successful and historically impactful women that have been revered specifically in Nigeria. The reason behind this is because the whole theme is kind of a trigger for me.

Growing up in Nigeria, any advice given to you as a woman usually started with “…when you marry”. Now, I am not against good advice in any way, but the society made women feel like their greatest accomplishment was to get married and to stay married. Yet, history is full of women’s names in tiny bubbles that quickly filtered through and disappeared tas one reads through books and publications. If their names were ever mentioned, it felt like it was grudgingly put in, usually with the most unepic achievement behind their names. So, I went on a researching spree online and found these amazons that wake me up I when I feel myself not working towards my potential.

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

All I was taught about her was that she was the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria. NotFunmilayo-Ransome-Kuti that that doesn’t have a sparkly quality to it, she was a woman that did so much more. Dubbed the lioness of Lisabi by the West African Pilot in 1947, she represented women of all classes in the fight over taxation, women’s interests and more. Honoured with the Order of the Niger and the Lenin Peace Prize, Founder of the Federation of Nigerian Women Societies, she was a Co-founder of the Abeokuta Women’s Union which became the Nigerian Women’s Union then the Federation of Nigerian Women’s Society. Without her, there would be no legendary Fela and she was the aunt to the famous Wole Soyinka himself. I confess that I felted cheated when I read up more on her and how many more girls would have borrowed some of her gutsy strength while growing up. (Photo ref: Google)

Women’s Market Rebellion of 1929

Aba-women's-revolution-When I think of a movie plot that would be epic, have stinger one-liners, fast paced, colorful with a touch of Tarantino in it, these ladies would be a great story to tell. In a protest against the restrictions being placed on their role in the society, the women from the eastern part of Nigeria rose up in protest.
As fiery as your moms are (African mothers usually are), imagine 10 thousand of them pouring out their energy to a collective cause. The range of “What Would Jesus Do” was covered quickly. From peaceful protests to all out flipping tables and even the destruction of court houses. This went on until they got what they wanted, however, not without casualties on both sides. It was a time of change as this opened up political avenues to women that didn’t have access to it based on societal norms as well as women warrant chiefs, a position men were appointed to in Colonial Nigeria. Yep, an epic movie this would be. (Photo ref: Google)

Evi Edna Ogholi

In the 1980s, Ogholi gave us birthday crashers “Happy Birthday“, the only birthday song that Nigerians Evi-Edna-Ogholishould ever play (just my opinion). , It was a sudden phenomenon as to how she dropped off the face of…everything. We literally didn’t hear anything from her again.
Though now living in Paris and still making music with the release of her Peace and Love album in 2016, her music was most likely a gateway for many to Reggae.
Her smile captured hearts, From Jealousy to No place like home, her reggae vocals wafted through open car windows as you were stuck in traffic, her lyrics were easy to remember, even her music videos were fun. (Photo ref: Google)

Margaret Ekpo

Margeret-EkpoAfter being the only woman to attend a political rally, she believed that women should also be part of the growing movement of civil right activities. After teaming up with Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti over the Enugu coal mine protests and establishing the Aba Township Women’s Association, she had rallied up enough women voters to outnumber the men voters in 1955. She was a Civil right activist, Social mobilizer and Member of the Regional House of Assembly in 1961. This illustration was made with ink then a little flair was added digitally. (Photo ref: Google)

Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye

A product of the Oshogbo Art School, Okundaye has taught all around the world the artChief-Nike-Davies-Okundaye and techniques of the traditional textile and fabric design. Some of her works hang in the Smithsonian. She has had over 102 solo exhibitions and 36 group art exhibitions. CEO of Nike Center for Art and Culture, Oshogbo, Owner/Curator of the Nike Art Galleries. Yeye Oba of Ogidi-Ijumu, Yeye Tasase of Oshogbo. It hurts to know that I have never had the chance to go to any of her galleries though a friend did study at her art school so I am claiming the connection (wishful thinking) Though let me take it one step further, I hope to have some of my work at her gallery one day. (Photo ref: Google)

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu

Balaraba-Ramat-YakubuOnce a child-bride herself at the age of 13 and sent back “in disgrace” after a year, her father agreed to let her attend sewing classes. Unknowningly to him, she was taught how to read and write Hausa. This opened her world to us as she went on to become one of the most popular Hausa writers of the “Littattafan Soyayya” (Books of Love) Genre.
The most captivating thing about her books is that the love story was used as a vehicle to actually hit major issues such as child-marriage and the restrictions placed on womenfolk in the northern region of Nigeria. Her first novel, “Alkahi Kuykuyo“, published in 1988, has been translated and published in English. Others such as “Juyin Sarauta” have graced the screens and won Film awards. She wears many hats as a Film Producer, director and screen-writer in Kannywood (a Nigerian film industry that produces solely Northern Nigerian films) and also a Trauma Counselor. (Photo ref: Google)
Aisha Bakari Gombi

She would make another epic movie. Born into a hunting family, she has used the skillsAisha-Bakari-Gombi as a hunter to track and rescue Boko Haram victims as well as capture many of the insurgents. Her and her team, in spite of limited resources, have played a vital part in the fight against Boko Haram, recovering and protecting villages in the Sambisa Forest. She also acts as a traditional healer for her band as she prepares balms and amulets from the flora of the land. She has become a myth of legend as her story is a tale of hope and courage to many in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. Having her in the front lines encouraged more women to join the hunter’s guild and actively take part in rescue missions. She is the Queen Hunter and the Commander of her team. (Photo ref: Rosie Collyer/Al Jazeera)

Tara Fela Durotoye

Tara-Fela-DurotoyeThe average Nigerian loves to look good and make-up is in almost every Nigerian woman’s starter kit. By creating the first bridal directory and offering her bridal Make-up services, she, more or less, is the creator of slay queens. From opening her make-up studio to the launch of the first make up school in Nigeria, she is a catalyst that pushed the Nigerian cosmetics industry into what it is today.
The evolution from Tony Montana white powder, gazal and those green-to-red lipsticks to face-beats of several layers of foundation has paved the way for job creation and self-employment for many through training and franchise opportunities. She is a Lawyer, an Entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of House of Tara International (perfume, studio and make-up line). (Photo ref: TY Bello)

Ameyo Stella Adadevoh

A knight in every way. She correctly diagnosed a foreigner infected with Ebola and putStella-Adadevoh her life on the line to ensure that the suspect could not leave the isolation area she insisted on. Her professionalism ensured that the right information was dispersed through the right channels and succeeded in preventing the spread of the virus. Although she saved the nation from a devastating epidemic, she succumbed to the Ebola virus on the 19th of August, 2014. She was the Lead Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist of the First Consultant Medical Center, Lagos and should never be forgotten. She was a wife and a mother and now a hero to Nigeria. (Photo ref: Google)
Leah Sharibu

Leah-SharibuFebruary 19th would mark a year of which Leah has been held captive by Boko Haram insurgents. Kidnapped alongside over 100 female students from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State, Nigeria, 15 year old Leah was held back after the release of the students a month after. The insurgents’ reason: she refused to deny her Christian faith. The Federal Government denied a rumour of her death a few days ago claiming it as a campaign smear even though it took months before the President himself spoke directly with her parents after her capture.
Seen as a modern day apostle for those that share her faith, she is one face out of thousands that have had their lives disrupted due to terrorism. She should not have to bear this cross and the voice of many are calling out for her release. She should be at home, studying, growing and evolving into the woman she is meant to be: student, teenager, daughter. (Photo ref: Google)

Chioma Ajunwa Opara

Although she started as a member of Nigeria’s women’s football team, The Falcons, sheChioma-Ajunwa-Opara transitioned to track and field sports, specializing in the 100m, 200m and long jump. Though started off great with many wins especially in Long Jump, she was placed on a 4 year ban after a failed drug test despite maintaining her innocence in 1992. She went on to win Gold for Long Jump at Atlanta 96, making her the first and only individual Olympic gold medalist from Nigeria. An ardent campaigner against drug use in sports based on her experience, she is a police officer and Member of the Order of Niger. (Photo ref: Google)

Uche Pedro

Uche-PedroAfter studying Business Administration at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, she started blogging as a hobby focusing on the fashion, photography, wedding and celebrity industry in Nigeria. This grew to become BellaNaija.com (@Bellanaijaonline), a lifestyle and entertainment website that pulls an average of 15 million viewers per month. Let’s just say that your wedding being featured on BellaNaija gives you bragging rights for life. She is a Fellow of TEDGlobal, an associate of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative. She received the Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year of Future Awards Africa in 2013 and was named one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes Magazine, 2014. Best African Blogger for Kids Choice Awards, 2016. (Photo ref: Google)

Betty Irabor

From freelance writing for newspapers such as “This Day” and “Vanguard” and being a Betty-Iraborcolumnist for “Black & Beauty” Magazine, Irabor launched Genevieve Magazine in 2003. I, personally, was really excited about @genevievemagazine cos it was within my price range(student 😁) and It’s content were written specifically for someone like me. But I digress. Back to Aunty Betty. Apart from making a difference in the print industry, she used her platform to build an awareness around breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment through the Genevieve PinkBall Foundation. In 2018, she also brought a lot of attention to mental health through “Dust to Dew”, a book about the journey of her struggles and fight over depression. Her book opened avenues for the discussion around Mental Health conditions and awareness. Another goal of mine is to illustrate for the magazine one day…soon…(Photo ref: Google)

And here they are. 13 women that should be given chapters in every Nigerian history books. I started this as fluke really, but I was able to gain a lot more than just better drawing skills. I have always said that my art was inspired by women yet, it somehow feels shallow now when I think about it as women are more than just muses that we try to capture just a part of their presence in our work. Each one is a universe of nuclear power just searching for the right place to blow up. And I love it.

I hope to make illustrations in a different style or medium with other epic women I have come to admire. That would be fun.

Traditional Nigerian Bridal Looks Inspired By Disney Princesses

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Do you remember the first time you were introduced to a Disney princess?  Do you remember how much you sang along as they frolicked away on your screen, full of color and wonder and the right amount of magic that has kept the child in you mesmerised up till today? Ah, what I would give to be that young and free again.

Well, I may be older (much older…) but I haven’t met a Disney princess I haven’t fallen in love with. And as I have always loved fashion illustration, I thought I would be awesome to be inspired by the princesses in creating traditional Nigerian bridal looks.

As Nigerian as I am, I enjoy going for wedding parties mainly cos of the food but also the fashion. It is always a colorful event  as one of the first things an engaged couple do while prepping  for their wedding is pick their colors. And with how tradition always plays a huge part in every Nigerian wedding ( I mean every. Even destination weddings have the Nigerian touch to it), many brides get to dress up in a both traditional and a European style white wedding dress. So, this is a mash-up of my love of the traditional brides and the Disney princesses.

Ariel

Let’s start with Ariel. As she is not the first princess I was introduced to, her story got the romantic in me to shine through. I always believed that “Kiss the Girl” would be the sound track to my very first kiss…that didn’t happen. It was the sound of a police truck creeping slowly behind me but I digress. Also, Ariel was the beginning of my theme as her colors took me back to how many couples pick their colors (from something they always loved or a combo of their favorite colors before parents “encourage” them to pick other colors). Her Gele( the headgear she is wearing) is the color of her hair and I see this being made with lots of shiny sequins.

Jasmine

Jasmine was kick ass. She was ready for everything and starred adventure down in its eyes. Not many would climb on a flying carpet with a guy they barely know. Well, she happens to be the only one I dressed up in a jump suit. She is ready to throw it down on the dance floor. A lovely mixed of stretchy chiffon bedazzled all over to make up the suit and a detachable chiffon skirt.

Belle

Belle seems like a quiet bride that but with a dash of mischief in her eyes. So her dress is made from a  rose patterned heavy lace with a silky cowl neckline. It gives full coverage but allows her naughty side to peek through in a stylish way.

Merida

Merida is all drama with a full velvet skirt, a cape and golden Northern Nigerian symbols embroidered into the fabric. She can hide weapons in there as well.

Mulan

Mulan is the princess that saved her prince and his kingdom. I went for a traditional Efik bridal look cos of the similarities with how the hair is adorned with combs and decorated into beautiful towers. Beads drape over her shoulders and she is usually without the tulle. That is my extra touch there.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas was my first heartbreak as she watched John Smith sail away from the cliff. I like how tassels can give you the right amount drama as you sashay away in the crowd that came just to look at you.

Snow-white

Snow White as the oldest princess is usually seen as the sweetest of them all. Not here. I gave an edgy neckline and yes, I confess I wanted to give her a bit of her stepmother’s vibe…just a tiny bit.

Tiana

Tiana’s story was fun for me as New Orleans is somewhere I would love to visit someday. But before then, this bridal look would be made in Aso-oke, a traditional Yoruba fabric that has makes every bride look regal. With carefully selected add ons like the lily, she is the flower the groom’s family came to behold.

Aurora

Aurora is my first Disney princess but Maleficent was my first crush and would always be my best villain. So I kinda mixed up the inspiration here: the colors of Aurora before she turned 16 and the vibe of Maleficent. The golden brooch is a nod to Maleficent but the cape is Aurora’s as she danced away with the woodland creatures.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel came to slay with the biggest gele ever. I mean, that shiny crown should take all the attention. And her purple Adire is just glorious.

And that’s it for my Disney princess inspired illustrations…Ok, my plan was to end it here as I found myself in the middle of a project. But…

Cinderella

Cinderella made me pick up my pen again. I saw a Nigerian bride with this hair style and knew I had to give Cinderella this look. With feather covered shoulders and detachable tulle skirt, she is ready to flaunt away.

Moana

Moana, the carrier of the heart of Te Fiti, gives me chills with her look. A Simple scarf to adorn her head, no need for plenty drama but enough to let everyone know she is the center of attention. I foresee a combo of lace and aso-oke with a touch of chiffon for this look.

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And lastly, the Frozen sisters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa is dripping in bling, lace bedazzled to the point of blinding everyone while Anna is playful in her iridescent purple lace as she lets her dress capture the light while she dances away in the center floor.

Now, I am done. These are my Disney princess inspired looks for  traditional Nigerian bridal look. This was a fun project as I have been illustrating a lot more lately and I must say that I am more confident with my drawing skills especially digitally now. I have been using the AutoDesk Sketchbook on my tab and it has worked efficiently for me chiefly for my limited budget.

So, which one is your favorite look? Don’t keep us guessing.

Have fun with these ladies.