Continuing the experiments on African patterns and forms. This time inspiration comes from the richness of colors and textures of the fabrics of the "Madiba shirts". Madiba are batik silk shirts that became popular by Nelson Mandela, who use to wear them in both formal and casual events. Most people know them as "Mandela shirts" or "presidential shirts".
I was working on this portrait when I got to know that President Obama won the Nobel Prize for Peace so I decided to emphasize on peace and prosperity symbols.
Trying to create seamless patterns to be used in shirts, flags, carpets and other fabrics.
I am still trying to use a very limited set of spot colors. For this illustration I have started with just 5 spot but I have used them in different shades.
Made with custom developed scripts and techniques in Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Apple QuickTime Pro.
If you like this you can see more of my Africa inspired illustrations here.
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Once again, I have to thank Dimitra Tzanos for her precious help.