pola maneli illustration

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    ive still gotta colour out the words “all that power”, but that’ll have to wait for now.there’s a part of me that feels like showing this much progress is a bit like giving away the punchline, but the dope thing about these is not gonna be the illustrations themselves but how they’re applied/adapted to something else a bit later

    ive still gotta colour out the words “all that power”, but that’ll have to wait for now.

    there’s a part of me that feels like showing this much progress is a bit like giving away the punchline, but the dope thing about these is not gonna be the illustrations themselves but how they’re applied/adapted to something else a bit later

    — 1 week ago
    #Illustration  #artists on tumblr  #illustrated typography  #lettering  #power  #politics  #anc  #paolomaneli  #pola maneli 
    i get restless sometimes and post things before they’re finished, but whatever, here’s some mid-week progress

    i get restless sometimes and post things before they’re finished, but whatever, here’s some mid-week progress

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes
    #south africa  #politics  #Illustration  #artists on tumblr  #Jacob Zuma  #ANC  #power  #afrocentricity  #style  #paolomaneli  #pola maneli 
    a portrait of our head statesman, President Jacob Zuma. again, to be used as a section in a much larger upcoming piece

    a portrait of our head statesman, President Jacob Zuma. again, to be used as a section in a much larger upcoming piece

    — 2 weeks ago with 4 notes
    #illustration  #south africa  #politics  #artists on tumblr  #jacob zuma  #power  #anc  #pola maneli  #paolomaneli 

    work in progress study sketches from another illustration i’ve been navigating my way through. part of the reason for my long absence from tumblr has also just been because i felt my work was stagnating and wasn’t giving off that immersive vibe that i so desperately wanted people to feel. like, for me the goal is for people to feel enraptured and surrounded by the imagery when they see it - kinda like how i felt when i first heard kanye west’s ‘my beautiful dark twisted fantasy’, or how i start to feel when i look at mcbess or gerhard human’s illustrations.

    so i decided that one way to start to get that feeling across would be to start taking environments and backgrounds and interpreting them in the same way that i would a face or lettering. like, what would a pola maneli landscape even look like?

    i know the potential’s there and the possibilities really excite me, so yeah… i’ve been studying cityscapes… and apes :)

    stay tuned,
    p.

    — 3 weeks ago with 6 notes
    #cityscapes  #sketchbook  #buildings  #apes  #chimanzees  #animals  #Illustration  #exploration  #experimentation  #urban  #afrocentricity  #artists on tumblr  #pola maneli  #paolomaneli 

    this is a small portion of the stuff i’ve been working on lately. obviously this is still a work in progress, but i posted them on twitter so it didn’t feel to right to not put that up here as well.

    if you’ve spent more than 5min on this blog then you’ll know that i’ve been having serious race-related problems in cape town. but this isn’t about having a tantrum, it’s more about having an honest conversation about race from all sides. honest - not confrontational or anything like that, just honesty. i don’t wanna give away too much about it, but i promise it’ll be really dope once it’s finished.

    — 1 month ago with 8 notes
    #artists on tumblr  #Illustration  #racism  #Cape Town  #Black and White  #beards  #glasses  #catholicism  #afrocentricity  #afropunk  #honesty  #dialogue  #pola maneli  #paolomaneli 

    yo,

    i was recently asked by cool folk over at between10&5 to put together a music playlist to be uploaded to 8tracks.com as part of their #Nowplaying series. I also had to make some sort of artwork that would act as a cover for the playlist.

    i called my playlist “qhash qhash ngantsomi” which, loosely translated, means once upon a time in isiXhosa. you probably wouldn’t know this if you weren’t south african, but the country is really well known for it’s genre of music called kwaito. the music is predominantly consumed by and very tightly linked to the black community.

    only thing is, like most ‘black’ things i never really connected with it in any meaningful kind of way as a kid, and felt more than a littlle like an outsider looking into something i was supposed to ‘get’.

    but, the music has changed so much in recent years though - there’s an entire generation of people coming up completely flipping the genre on it’s head, and the result is something really experimental and exciting. these guys are redefining what this very very south african genre of music means to them; taking what it meant and contributing something else to it, to make it mean something new to the NOW. like, all stars used to be the standard kwaito footwear, but nowadays its more nike air max’s

    i like it because in a lot of ways my illustration aesthetic tries to do the same thing, ya know? i draw more inspiration from this music than i do from scouring behance and illustration blogs.

    anyway, you can listen to the playlist HERE

    — 1 month ago with 1 note
    #between 10and5  #nowplaying  #kwaito  #south africa  #music  #spoek mathambo  #riky rick  #boyznbucks  #cassper nyovest  #340ml  #the brother moves on  #dirty paraffin  #okmalumkoolkat  #illustration  #nike  #converse  #flowers  #afrocentricity  #artists on tumblr  #indulgence  #pola maneli  #paolomaneli 
    23 June 2014 - Big City Life

    i feel guilty for coming on here and whining and not even posting any pics, so here are a few sketches I’ve been working on lately..




    this city’s at war with me. since I’ve been here it’s just been one beating after another. but I’m not gonna say I hate it though, there’s plenty to like, but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to see any of that.

    my place got broken into 2 weeks ago, and though most of that was my fault, it’s still been a lot to deal with, and I lost quite a bit. still, like i say, it was for the most part my fault and now tonight my housemate just told me they’re kicking me out and that I have to find a new place by the end of the month - which is like in 7 days. i’m freaking out a little. we never truly clicked anyway; they’re the talkative, social type and i split my time between work and coming home to draw. so I “haven’t been making an effort to make this place feel like a home”…

    as angry as i am, i cant argue with that point though, and i was thinking; maybe this is some kinda bigger metaphor for life, y’know? maybe life requires - no - demands that you engage with it on a meaningful level or else it’ll spit you out. maybe.

    anger has always been a motivator for me. i used to go around being very angry at life,  at the hand i was dealt, and cursing god and everyone in this world and swearing that i would one day exact my revenge, and i felt a little bit of that again tonight. i was walking down long street (cape town’s busiest, loudest street), and i was cursing al of it under my breath “fuck these people, fuck this city.” i’ve got this cool little balaklava that I cut the top off of so that I can show my hair, and I was thinking of pulling it all the way down and frightening all of those rich exchange students into a frenzy by just walking down the main road, but then I remembered that this is Cape Town, and that I would probably be arrested without a moment’s consideration.

    photo taken by Chris Kritzinger ()



    still, i walked past all of those empty, unlit shops and i promised myself that as shitty as things are and though I’m on the verge of being homeless, things have been worse. I’ve gone through worse, and one day I will make this city my bitch. andas shitty as things are i don’t really feel defeated. i made it from a fucking township called zwide in port elizabeth and worked my ass off into becoming an art director at one of south africa’s best creative agencies, and just as i left my hometown with my name brandished into the minds of my university’s students and lecturers, i’m gonna do the exact same thing here but on a much bigger scale. I’m gonna own this fucking city, and my work will be chiselled into the pages of this country’s pop and urban culture landscape. and then i’ll move on to something else. i’m saying this here because i want there to be a public record that people can point back to and say that he did everything he said he would.

    this city’s waging a war, but fuck it, i’ve got work to do.

    p.s. this will be the last time il be posting any images on here for a while, i’m stockpiling al of my work for an internet exhibition ill be putting on at the end of the year. ill see you then if you’re still around.

    p.

    — 1 month ago
    #Cape Town  #rant