pola maneli illustration

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    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.

    — 22 hours ago with 2 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

    — 22 hours 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.

    — 4 weeks ago
    #Cape Town  #rant 
    Terrible People

    I decided a long time ago that i wanted to be great at what i do - not the best, mostly because i dont think there is such a thing - but still great nevertheless. I havent changed my mind about that, but i have come to realize that that takes time, a disproportionate amount of time really. But its only recently that ive come to terms with what that really means. I used to tell people that spending time on your craft and practicing is really just a form of alchemy - cause what youre essentially doing is taking one thing; time, and converting it into something else; a mastery of a skill. Now, for me, the amount of time you put in determines how much you get out of it. But with there only being so many hours in a day, you inevitably end up spending less time on other stuff - mainly family and friendships.

    Now, maybe im getting old or somethig, but the age-old adage that says the only really important thing we have in life are the relationships we build is starting to resonate with me. And its scary because, truth be told, im a terrible person. I have the best of intentions and im usually very considerate of others, but when it comes to cultivating relationships, im fucking hopeless, man.. i have a tendency to shut out the people i care about the most and push them aside for work. The worst example of this was recently when i didnt go to one of my best friends wedding. It was on a weekday and i couldnt get time off work, but truth be told, i could have probably made time to go if i really put my mind to it. But i didnt because i was so wrapped up in whatever the fuck i was doing at the time.

    And im not sure if theres even a way to apologize for that.

    — 1 month ago with 2 notes
    ive been a travelling man for the past few months. i just recently made the move to stay in cape town permanently and fuck… it has been one helluva shit storm. moving is a logistical nightmare, i dont know how the nomads did it.everyone keeps asking me about cape town, and i think up until now ive felt obliged to say that its alright, and to an extent i guess that’s true, but there’s no simple answer to this shit, y’know? a lot of the time i walk around feeling like the city’s constantly showing me 2 sides of itself.now wait. cape town has a major disparity between the rich and the poor, to a disgusting extent, but that’s not exactly what im talking about, although i guess that could also be somewhat relevant.. but for me.. it just feels like the city is comprised of a series of splinters: you get the haves and the have-nots: then amongst the haves you get the middleclass and the elite: and then you get the elites who try to pass themselves off as middleclass and those that dont,and so on and so forth. there are so many cliques and very little community.that being said, it’s still the most beautiful city i have ever seen in my life (on or off-screen). so it isn’t all gloom and doom. and maybe what im describing is just a general trait all cities have in common? i don’t know.enjoy the sketch though.ive missed tumblr.

    ive been a travelling man for the past few months. i just recently made the move to stay in cape town permanently and fuck… it has been one helluva shit storm. moving is a logistical nightmare, i dont know how the nomads did it.

    everyone keeps asking me about cape town, and i think up until now ive felt obliged to say that its alright, and to an extent i guess that’s true, but there’s no simple answer to this shit, y’know? a lot of the time i walk around feeling like the city’s constantly showing me 2 sides of itself.

    now wait. cape town has a major disparity between the rich and the poor, to a disgusting extent, but that’s not exactly what im talking about, although i guess that could also be somewhat relevant.. but for me.. it just feels like the city is comprised of a series of splinters: you get the haves and the have-nots: then amongst the haves you get the middleclass and the elite: and then you get the elites who try to pass themselves off as middleclass and those that dont,and so on and so forth. there are so many cliques and very little community.

    that being said, it’s still the most beautiful city i have ever seen in my life (on or off-screen). so it isn’t all gloom and doom. and maybe what im describing is just a general trait all cities have in common? i don’t know.

    enjoy the sketch though.

    ive missed tumblr.

    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #artists on tumblr  #Illustration  #sketchbook  #postcards  #afropunk  #cape town  #fresh prince  #mother city  #pola maneli 
    hello?…

    i miss this place. ill try to visit more often..

    — 2 months ago

    test print didnt come out too bad. just 1 or 2 minor tweaks and we can wrap this up :)

    — 4 months ago with 4 notes
    #Illustration  #artists on tumblr  #pola maneli  #test  #nostalgia  #afrocentricity 
    im running out of ideas here.. i just need someone to give me permission to end this

    im running out of ideas here.. i just need someone to give me permission to end this

    — 4 months ago with 1 note