Opinion, Illustration and Design

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The Beginning of Thaurs

I once wrote a story, an epic adventure of two brothers on a quest to discover their origins, tame their new found powers and save their world.
I could not figure out what to do with that story. Expand it in a big fantasy trilogy like Lord of the Rings or The Mistborn saga? Transform it into the scenario of a RPG? A script for an animated movie? Serie?… And just as all the question rose, the story went into hibernation.
Today I made a huge step, the one that paves the way to a future where my fantasy stories don’t hibernate into oblivion. I inked the first four pages of the Serial Web-Graphic Novel I will launch in March: Thaurs. The story, that I started writing in 2007 was intended for an amateur RPG I was working on with the software RPG Maker XP. Since then, the quest of Meloon and his friends grew to be a vendetta against my habit of leaving projects unfinished.
Four pages are probably a tiny thing for the big time mangaka and cartoonist out there but I can’t help but be proud of myself.

So far so good, Now I need to keep on going.
Watch this space.


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Driving issues

I can’t drive. Beside making me perpetually dependent from someone else which is impractical, it also not quite seen in a good eye by other(South African and Congolese society here). For my defense in an ideal civilization i wouldn’t need to.
Ideal civilization : Perfectly effective public transport in and out of cities, buses, Train and very few taxis. Personal transportation system? Bicycles. Cars and engine machines reserved to big trucks and ambulances.
If it was that simple.
Our time is soo dependent on oil and petrol based powered machines that even if nobody owned their own cars the impact on the environment would not be considerable, or would it?
Walking is good for you. You stay fit, it’s cheap and entertaining. There is no traffic jam meaning you are always in control and it allows you time to think. So Overall beneficiary experience.
While taking the pledge to never drive a car is pointless and impractical maybe thinking about it isn’t so. Reducing our dependence on personal transportation system, recycling and switching off our lights when we don’t need them is not either.
So for as long as I can I will try not to learn how to drive a car, then if the pressure is too great I will maybe consider getting a driver :).

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Thoughts on annoying status updates #2

pray in private

pray in private

I never, really never, would have though I could be thoroughly annoyed by a religious status on Facebook but how “Thanks Lord!” Is just getting me worked up! I really have to say this. This specific prayer, followed by anything positive just sounds inconsiderate and selfish to others, followed by something negative it is plain masochistic and as much inconsiderate.

Case in point. I went out with a beautiful, smart girl, from a wonderful Christian Catholic family, rich, educated in one word “blessed”. When we would talk I couldn’t help but notice that she kept repeating phrases like “I really thank God for everything” “The lord has never failed me”
Selfish and Inconsiderate why? Because there are thousands of people who don’t have what she had, whose parent didn’t have the opportunities, the abilities, or to make it happen for their family. And while she was, voluntarily or not, boasting her happiness disguised into a prayer maybe she could have stopped and thought for a second that it seemed like she was trying to kill her guilt for being lucky, putting it on God’s back.

But why feel guilty? Weren’t we born equal? No offense to anybody handicapped, but with a brain and a functional body to get us what we needed? When it comes to wealth doesn’t it just depends on how our parent did? How is that something to be guilty about? You are good at writing tests? Good for you! He can draw, she can knit and the bully in the corner can fight!! We all have talent that others don’t wherever we come from. There is nothing to feel guilty about being rich, successful or intelligent, it just give you the ability to allow other people to discover their special “something”. And allowing people to think that any higher being has come down from heaven to touch their particular lives does not motivate anybody successful to dedicate themselves to the right cause.
So next time you feel blessed, before you get down on your knees and thank any god, stop to think about all the people around you who have made your blessing true and thank them. Your god is not blind, if he can hear the selfish thanks of thousands of people on the planet he will put the pieces together and realize that the thank is directed to him.

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Thoughts on annoying status update

I find it rather unpleasant when people post attention seeking status on social media, but then again why is it supposed to be different from real life. It’s just like an exaggerated version of what anybody would do if they could shout out loud something to five hundred(or more) people at the same time.

I like to think of it as a phase, from my own experience it start by joining that new trendy thing everybody is talking about. One or two log in per week, or even less. Then with the addition of friends who have been using the network for a while, you start following their lead on how to use it. Some people stick in that phase a little bit longer than others. The thing is if all of your friend post cheesy proverb/sayings and ALL CAPS prayers, there is a lot of chance that you start like them.

The step that follows and the most interesting, is when everybody start behaving like their true self online. Interesting because everything seem either amplified or nullified. A prayer that would have seem touching just sounds desperate and ridiculous and a cheesy proposal sounds(reads) amazing.

And then there is some people who seem to have mastered the art of combining their life and social media, they know how to use it in a way that can hardly be explained. Every post seems appropriate, every update right how and where it’s supposed to be.
But then again why does it matter so much? Because social medias take a huge part in our lives and because I can’t help but be irritated by attention seeking status.

Fortunately its a lot easier to screen those than to screen people in real life.


Dumb looks

So here I am in the heat and sweet humidity of my city of origin, Kinshasa (DRC), and I get the usual dumb look when people ask me “So, what do you do?” and I boast proudly: “I’m a Designer.”

You see, people tend to get comfortable with not having to explain what they do in detail; you go around waving random associations of words that don’t really make sense to an outsider.

I tried another approach so I say: “I do Visual communication…”

Same result.

Maybe it is that we absolutely have no clue about what we do, that’s why we try to hide behind epithet like graphic designer, marketer, director, artist etc.

Let’s give it another try:” I create posters, logos, leaflets, you know, all those things…”


Does anybody who’s spending four years working toward an Information design (or even graphic design) degree, wants to be known as the guy who designs posters? Not me. I’m far more complex, bigger than that.

“I make information accessible to people by creating potent visual material. I combine images and text, choose the right elements (colors, shapes, composition) to make the message standout”


I mean don’t get me wrong, that one kind of resume what I’m supposed to do pretty well, but I assure you the next following sentences in the conversation are going to make you explain every single word in that sentence. What is it with you people, seriously, can’t you just know what Information designers do. Like you know what a doctor, an architect, an accountant, a pilot does. Those are the reason why I always go blank on the “About” section of forums.

What do I do? : “I’m a Designer, I do Visual communication, I create posters, logos, leaflets, you know, all those thing that make information accessible to people by being potent visual material. I combine images and text, choose the right elements (colors, shapes, composition) to make a message standout”



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Hello world! #2

Hello world!

Doesn’t it have a nice ring to it for a daily post?? I think I’m going to keep it! Just need to check with the copyright issues, let’s hope nobody had the brilliant idea to copyright such a random collection of words!

Soooo Hello World! It’s 6pm in Pretoria South Africa and the sun is shining for it’s a beautiful Spring afternoon.

I just read a beautifully inspiring article from Seth’s blog about writing and overcoming the writer’s block… I’m just wondering if it’s a technique one can also apply to the a designer/illustrator/artist block…
And Just before I was coming from the Illustration studio at the University of Pretoria(where I’m studying at the moment) and we were busy with a very important/interesting/very important end of the year final project. The Urban mundane before I talk about any babbling of my crazy brain I want to hear what does Urban Mundane evoke in your amazing minds.
So beside that all is well in Pretoria, It’s hot to my great contentment and It’s creative, as far as my entourage is concerned. So until the next post…

PS: sorry for the bad quality picture, designer on budget 🙂

Sincerely yours