As Kenyans got ready to go to the polls, a team of graphic design and animation students collaborated on the
#KenyaYetu Design Project. Through various multimedia elements, the project sought to promote peace and influence positive change among the youth.
This not only provided students with an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning but also helped them to pool their creativity for a greater cause. At ADMI we strive to provide a progressive and positive school atmosphere where our students can thrive. We look forward to holding similar workshops with
animation and graphic design students in the days to come.
Ife’s final artwork demonstrates a happy society after a peaceful election period. The lions in the background act as the defenders of peace. The main challenges he faced on this piece was with bringing all the pieces from sketch work to life, and making the various choices of colour to blend. Ife is grateful for his team’s support and guidance throughout the creative process.
Paul Ife is a 23-year-old visual artist from Nairobi, studying animation at ADMI. He is fascinated by colours, and textures and draws his inspiration from his immediate surroundings.
Paul Ife’s artwork is a photo-based illustration of Kenyans from different walks of life interlocking hands as a sign of unity. To symbolise peace and wellness, he illustrated a dove flying over them. Although creating and positioning layouts posed a challenge for him, he still managed to convey his desired message in a way that made him proud of his work.
Lawrence Bett compiled various illustrations he finds unique about Kenya. The first illustration was of a group of people taking a sundowner selfie with the Nairobi silhouette in the background. In his second illustration, he used giraffes to communicate our deep association with wildlife, and finally, an illustration of a Masaai leader to showcase our rich culture.
Lawrence Bett is an illustrator, animator and storyboard artist from Nairobi. He believes in continuous self-improvement and finds inspiration from the classic cartoons he watched as he grew up. Through his art, he hopes to inspire young minds to nurture their creativity. Working on the #KenyaYetu design project taught him the essence of teamwork, and the joy that follows after a team achieves its goal.
Lawrence Bett’s minimalistic piece shows his hopes for Kenya’s future. His story starts at the break of dawn when Kenyan citizens stream into voting centres to exercise their democratic rights. And when the dust settles, everyone is happy and at peace.
Kenya, famous for her wildlife, is symbolised in this artwork by a lion. Faith Njoki’s piece also features a lamb, as a symbol for Kenyans to convey a message of peace and appeal to the nation to protect its people. The design elements are tied together by the all-time peace sign.
Faith Njoki is a level 5 graphic design student at ADMI. She showcases the beauty of art to the digital world through art illustrations, digital graphics, graphic artwork and fine art. Faith draws inspiration from Kenyan artist Sane Wadu, a highly published artist. She aspires to participate in global art festivals and competitions as she progresses in her career.
Faith’s piece “Mama Yetu” is a Swahili name befitting Kenya, our motherland. With the message on the ballot box as well as the dove and woman in a calm state, Njoki preaches peace and advocates for a peaceful transition of power.
Peace, love and unity inspired Ron Mutugi’s artwork. A human head represents Kenya and is held up by her people, who alone have the power to decide her fate. Ron’s primary tool in the creation of this artwork was Adobe Illustrator.
Ron Mutugi is a graphic design student at ADMI, passionate about photo manipulation, digital graphics and illustration. Ron has always had a love for art and it helps him showcase a different side of himself that people hardly get to see. Through his work, Ron pushes for self-awareness and enlightenment because he believes that if you can master yourself, you can master the world.
Ron wanted the message of his artwork to be clear and concise. He implores everyone to keep the peace during the election period. Creating shadows and font placement were challenges he had to overcome in order to come up with this masterpiece.
Grace Githinji was the creative director of the Kenya Yetu Design Project. Her artwork was centred around the three pillars of the national anthem and the colours of the national flag. This piece reminds us to promote peace, love and unity.
Grace Githinji is an illustrator, and
graphic and motion graphics designer working at ADMI. She started out as a pencil artist then progressed to painting and found her way into digital art. She mostly draws inspiration from personal experience and loves to incorporate a hint of African culture in her work.
animated illustration, “Tamani Amani” captures 2 people reaching out for a revolving ballot box shaped as the Kenyan flag. Grace used simple lines and patterns for the background, to provide texture without being distracting. Mentoring and working with aspiring illustrators and graphic designers was one of her highlights in the project.