Category Archives: Illustration

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Lost Wax Playing Cards inspired by the Benin Empire

Artist, Olutade Abidoye, gives us a doze of history with his Lost Wax playing cards. The pack of cards consists of 54 playing cards, each featuring beautiful illustrations of kings, queens and courtiers from 15th – 19th century Nigeria, particularly the Benin Empire. The Lost Wax is actually a difficult method of sculpting (using … Continue Reading ››
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ABC of Xhosa Names Illustrated

Xhosa Names and Meanings in a series of animated ect by South African graphic designer and illustrator Thandiwe Tshabalala.
Way back, when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, parents used to give their kids English names so that white people wouldn’t have to struggle pronouncing African names. Most people born during the times of … Continue Reading ››
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North African inspired artwork by Meryem Meg

Meryem Meg is a 24 year old Algerian / Bulgarian creative. Meg's  inspiration stems from a love for North African geometry and organic forms of mark making merged with the Urban landscape. Meryem Meg's work  combines it all through her passion for print making, bespoke typography and a strategic use of vivid colour combinations.   [gallery columns="2" … Continue Reading ››
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Interview with the Makers of Outcasts of Jupiter

It has been a while since we last caught up with Shofela Coker. Tell us about the Coker CoOp. Coker CoOp is simply my brother, my sister and I, pulling our professional and personal resources together to create ideas we've dreamed of since childhood with the aim of sharing that vision with the rest of … Continue Reading ››
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Colonial Bastard Typeface

A graphic design project by Zimbabwean born illustrator and graphic designer Osmond Tshuma.
The Colonial Bastard Rhodes typeface is a post-colonial critique of both Cecil John Rhodes and the impact of Colonialism in South Africa. The typeface is based on identifying certain key characteristics of fonts and typography used during the Colonial Era. Taking the … Continue Reading ››