7 African Fashion Illustrators You Should Know

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Illustrators through illustration have been able to create a rock solid niche of importrance in the society by placing themselves in a strategic position to influence development not just in their immediate industry, but in affiliated industries and sectors like fashion industry and engineering sector. Accoridng to Wikipedia, An illustration is a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process, designed for integration in published media, such as posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, video games and films.

1. Ubiomo Ogheneroh

Inspired greatly by the Uli symbols which are strongly linear and have a style of art balancing positive and negative space. He is also inspired by women with Afro; "women with Afros fuel my creativity to a higher dimension, they are a more like a muse to me, their originality i think inspires me to go for authenticity in my art." Follow his Instagram @ubiomoogheneroh

2. Monica Obaga

Kenya-born, Los Angeles-based Monica Obaga uses her illustrations to tell whimsical stories. Her generous use of color emphasizes the vibrancy of her personality even more, and the beautiful women she draws. Follow her on Instagram: @monicaobaga

3. Micheal Soi

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The Kenyan-based artist cites the city of Nairobi as his inspiration, and one look at his work makes this evident. Using his trademark style of wide innocent eyes and exaggerated body parts, Michael Soi’s illustrations put out poignant commentary on a wide array of issues ranging from the big ones such as politics and religion, to sexuality, alcoholism, prostitution, the effects of foreigners in local Kenyan society, among others. Check out his facebook page for more of his artwork. 

4. Diana Ejaita

Born in Cremona of Jamaican-African origins, this now Berlin-based artist plays with black-and-white minimalist tones as well as contrasting textures to come up with beautiful and insightful pieces on the essence of duality and femininity.See her works here

5. Musa Omusi

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Musa Omusi is a Kenyan-based minimalist illustrator; his works feature dualities of white and black, and or realistic representations of famous personalities such as Iris Apfel and Adele, it is always backed up by a message. Follow him on Instagram: 

6. Ruramai Musekiwa

The Zimbabwean artist created her “Sibhale” poster series as a tribute to phenomenal African women. Depicting the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lupita Nyong’o and Miriam Makeba among others in all of their regal glory; this illustrator seeks through her art to change the thought processes of African girls when it comes to seeing themselves portrayed on the media and helping them feel like they are a part of something. See her works here.

7. David Tshabalala

This South African graphic designer and illustrator is on his way to becoming a big deal not only in South Africa, but in the entire African continent. Apart from being named as one of Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans 2015, David has also worked with huge brands such as BBM South Africa, Adidas, and Cadbury. “I use design as a tool to paint a fun visual narrative that tells the stories of our times.” 

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