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MAXiMAJiNATioN

Here’s the finished illustration of a character I designed a few weeks ago for an early & developing theme of ‘The Great & True Afrikan Histories’… This theme, which I’m extremely passionate about, primarily is to create content which represents & celebrates the Black Afrikan culture & it’s true/ rich histories.The character’s outfit I designed as a ceremonial-type attire, as I imagined him to be a young man/ Prince about to earn his ‘Rite of Passage’. The white marks on his skirt (wrapper) represent ‘cowrie shells’, which are quite common in the traditional fashion of many African peoples.His skin I wanted to be jet black for many reasons; one of which being to unapologetically celebrate it as the badge of strength & beauty that it is… For some reason, though he’d be a young man in his very early 20’s, the visual of him having a crown of white hair was appealing… Strong, fearless & noble; I decided to give him the name ‘Samson’ (after my Father, in his youth). I have two more pieces I’ll be finishing off soon, but hope you dig this one for now.More of my work here: https://m.facebook.com/MaxiMAJiNATiON
A good friend of mine got me involved in this pretty cool project with the guys over at ‘The Space Merchant’, where every month they publicly screen some of the most iconic retro sci-fi flicks, & invite a selected artist to create a re-design of the original film poster to be used as promotion. The posters are then made available as prints for the audience to buy on the day or online; generating a little revenue for the artist & the organizers (which is always nice). 
The film I was presented with was ‘Rollerball' [1975], staring James Caan. I hadn't seen the film before, but was familiar with & always a fan of the original poster… I’ll be at the screening of the film on the 17th; if you’re free, come on down…
Here’s the re-designed poster I came up with for the show.
-M-

Anonymous asked: very talented, great stuff x

Thank you very much.

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kioshiyang asked: I'm just being totally and completely honest, you're truly an inspiration. 💕 And I'm so serious about the series based off of those characters, it would be amazing if they were like super spies or something, or even just a really successful couple, building each other up and loving each other and having beautiful smart conscious children, idk lol it would be such a great look, considering in can't think of ANY tv shows these days that portray THAT kind of black unity. It would be beautiful.

Your words are of great encouragement, Kioshiyang. Thank you🌹

lol. I love all of those suggestions ;) Coincidentally, I am actually developing an idea featuring a strong black female character in the role of a spy-ish archetype.

And yes, you’re right, there aren’t very many shows which reflect that (at least in mainstream media); but the fact that we are here having this conversation about it means that Will change.

-M-

kioshiyang asked: they look like pure royalty, it's their poise. How they exude such pride, and how you captured them and made it your own creation made it even more perfect. I would honestly love to see a series made based off of their exact look. That would be epic.

Your messages have literally made my day… Thank you ;)

I would absolutely love that. It’s definitely an ambition of mine to develop & promote more content in the animation industry representative of the African/ Black community, that also portrays True African History… I think this is incredibly important for many many reasons, but most of all for the younger generation… They need it.

[Know your history, know your worth]

-M-

kioshiyang asked: The illustration you made of the couple on the train is really beautiful.

Thank you very much, my sis. I’ve been surprised & overwhelmed by the response it’s had these past few days… Can I ask what appeals to you about it?

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pretty4ugly asked: Wow, just discovered your site recently. Thanks for sharing your work, you deserve all the compliments. Beautiful style, brilliant execution! I'm sure you are under paid :-)

Hi Dawson,

Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.

-M-

mikelovehall asked: Your work is dope!Any of it for sell anywhere?

Hi Mike,

Thanks very much for your kind words. Yes, I have a few prints still in stock & for sale over on my blog-site: http://bit.ly/Uix08k .

-M-

oakfool asked: Your work reminds me of the animation I grew up on. Love it.

Oh yeah? Thanks very much. That’s a great compliment.

I grew up with the Saturday morning cartoons of the 80’s/ early 90’s. A small list of my faves (in no particular order) were:

Galaxy Rangers,
Thundercats (of course)
Battle of the Planets
Voltron
M.A.S.K
Batman TAS
Brave Star
C.O.P.S

I wonder if anyone out there remembers the ‘Hammer Man’ animated series…?

jungle--gardenia asked: Your commuter post was the first time I saw your work and I followed right away.

Thank you very much, brother. I appreciate it.

-M-

Worked up this illustration of a couple I saw on the train a few weeks back… I embellished a little on the design; the guy didn’t have this body frame, & neither wore gold, but both carried a powerful sense of African pride about them, which I loved… People couldn’t take their eyes off them… I loved that too.

More of my work here: https://m.facebook.com/MaxiMAJiNATiON
Decided to develop/ work up some poses for the ‘Mobster’ character I designed the other week… I don’t yet have a name for this guy, but I always saw him as an errand thug/ repo man for some sort of crime syndicate; collecting money & “favours” from those the syndicate has under it’s thumb… I also see him as a bit of a ticking bomb; deceptively calm on the outside, but with a short fuse. He’ll exist in the same world as Chuckie. B (http://bit.ly/P6ERDc) & Richie “Cat Daddy” Brown (http://bit.ly/PbjrVh)
A character I’ve been working up over the last week… Not quite who I saw in my head yet, but getting there.-M-
Here’s an ‘Aquaman’ piece I did as a fun first time contribution to the Sketch Dailies community.I’ve been off sick the past couple days, so got a chance to put a little more time & effort into the rendering… Working on ‘Mr Bean: the animated series' is certainly keeping me busy, as I think this is actually the first painted piece I've done this year. Felt good! Hope you like, & feel free to share. [More to come]-M-
*** Wishing every single one of you a TRULY special Christmas ***
Lots of love,
-MaX-