Friday, July 27, 2012

Recent Work: Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul & Mary

I enjoy listening to the mellow music of the 1963 song Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary. I also find the story about the poem that inspired the song equally interesting. This is my version of the magestic creature and his young friend Jackie Paper.  
Artwork copyright 2012 Olusola Akinseye

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recent Work: Music Studio Mural Art

I was commissioned to create a Sci Fi influenced wilderness landscape painting for the broad wall of a music studio. Armed with the dimensions and a photo, I tried to envision how the large painting will look using vector graphics.
Posted below are various stages of the actual painting.
And the completed painting...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Recent Work: Afro Retro + Art Nouveau + Greek Mythology Design Concept

I am in the middle of making calendar art, mural painting for a music studio and creating concept art for a prospective commission. I had to take a little time off to clear my head.

I enjoy the result when creative elements from different and varied concepts, genres and ideas are combined. I recently made a design by mixing aspects of Greek myth, European art nouveau and 1970s Afro fashion. Just something I wanted to do to clear my head during crunch time. To make it even more interesting, I used a restricted colour palette.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Recent Work: Gender Equality & Women Rights Poster Designs

The issue of gender equality is crucial, especially in my part of the world. I have heard lamentations about how few women hold their own in the science/technology based industries in comparison to their male counterparts. But in truth, the story is not that different in the creative fields as well.

I have been a studio manager working in the comics creation/illustration business in the country for many years. I have had the opportunity of working with highly talented professionals on several projects. Yet, the ratio of females to males, in almost a decade, is appalling. Even a survey of the resumes received over the years show the number of female applicants in single digit, out of over a hundred applications!

The idea that men are smarter or more productive is a myth. I have two sisters who are holding their own in the finance and IT sectors and I believe if given the same opportunity as men, more women will be visible on the professional scene. Also, marriage or care-giving at home are no longer tenable excuses, especially in the world we live in today. The economic realities have left many men very open to their wives holding full-time jobs.

Copyright 2012 Olusola Akinseye