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Kazembe Hamadi
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
I was always good at drawing which served me well during a turbulent childhood. As a shy kid I loved cartoons, music and films of all genres. I idolised artists like Bruce Lee and Bob Marley, admiring how even in death one can still be a positive influence on the world and I wanted to do the same. I decided to take art seriously after completing my G.C.S.E’s going onto study Art & Design and Photography at Brentside Arts College for three years. After completing the course I took a year out then enrolled at Thames Valley University (UK) graduating with a Ba Hons Digital Art with Animation. I am now a part-time creative illustrator, graphic designer & animator currently working within the poster design, portraiture and conceptual art fields.

I've been involved in the art, photography and film scene for a number of years, my achievements include winning finalist in the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize art competition, Bronze medallist in the UK Skills art advanced Challenge 2007 and best film poster in the Odeon Short Film competition 2009. In 2010 a selection of my artwork was published for the first time in a hardcover book called 'Virtuoso showcasing talented artists from around the world.’ In 2012 I created animations for London Bus-Tops, a collaborative public art installation project spanning 20 London boroughs to form part of London’s cultural Olympiad for the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2013 I won 1st place in the State of the Art Cinema 'design a movie poster' competition for my poster design for indie comedy Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Noah Baumbach. I created a poster design for indie musical rom-com God Help the Girl from Metrodome distribution released in 2014.

I've exhibited widely around the UK including The National Film Theatre in London, The Trocadero in London, The Hospital Gallery in Covent Garden, Light House Gallery in Wolverhampton, Pitshanger Manor Gallery in Ealing, Ada street gallery in Bethnal Green, London and most recently in 2014 with the State of the Art Cinema exhibitions held at the A&D Gallery and The Strand Gallery in London.

As an artist I have reached a creative turning point in my life and plan on making original pieces for as long as I can. I want my work to touch elements that have never been touched on before. My ambition is to move into the film and music industry.
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Exhibitions.

2014 - State of the Art Cinema, The Strand Gallery, London. A free exhibition of contemporary film poster design and photography presented by the Film Distributors' Association indicating the spectacle and diversity of films from around the world.

2014 - State of the Art Cinema, A&D Gallery, London. A free exhibition of contemporary film poster design and photography presented by the Film Distributors' Association indicating the spectacle and diversity of films from around the world.

2012 - London Bus-Tops, London boroughs. A collaborative public art installation project across 20 London boroughs creating a new exhibition space for the public arts as part of London's 2012 cultural Olympiad.

2007 - TVU Contemporaries show, Trocadero, London. Showcasing recent Thames Valley University graduates cutting edge art and design practice.

2007 - Pixel Shake, Ada Street gallery, Bethnal Green, London. BA Hons Digital Arts graduate degree show.

2007 - UK Skills Challenge, Light House gallery, Wolverhampton. Promoting excellence through skills competitions for young artists.

2006 - Nationwide Mercury Art prize, The Hospital gallery, Covent Garden, London. UK’s premier student art competition and exhibition.

2003 - Yesterday, today and tomorrow, The National Film Theatre, London. Part of the Yesterday, today and tomorrow exhibition of works by young artists from Ealing schools.

2002 - Yesterday, today and tomorrow, Pitshanger Manor arts gallery & house, Ealing. An exhibition of works by young artists from Ealing Schools.

2002 - The people of Ealing, Pitshanger Manor arts gallery & house, Ealing. An energetic mixture of work that creatively reflects the people of the London Borough of Ealing.
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Awards & Publications.

2013 - State of the Art Cinema 'design a poster' Competition. Winner of 1st place in the State of the Art Cinema 'design a movie poster' competition for indie comedy Frances Ha.

2010 - Virtuoso. A hardback book showcasing the work of talented artists from around the world.

2009 - Odeon Short Film Competition. Winner of 1st place in the Odeon short film competition poster category for Odeon Uxbridge entry ‘Dummy’.

2008 - Babelgum Online Film Festival. Short film ScreenPLAY short listed into the Babelgum online film festival’s Animation award.

2007 - UK Skills Challenge Art Advanced Competition. Art Advanced BRONZE award for digital painting 'C.G.eye.'

2006 - Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition. Winning finalist award for digital illustration 'In Search of…'
Interests
Ok, so my winning entry to the State of the Art Cinema 'design a movie poster' competition was included in the State of the Art Cinema exhibitions held around London during July and August this year. State of the Art Cinema is a free exhibition of contemporary film poster design and photography presented by the Film Distributors' Association. My poster design for new wave indie comedy Frances Ha (see Gallery for the poster art) was exhibited alongside 70+ other images indicating the spectacle and diversity of films from around the world being released in UK cinemas between summer 2014 and spring 2015. If you love poster art and film photography have a look at my Facebook albums from the exhibitions:

State of the Art Cinema 2014 at A&D Gallery


State of the Art Cinema 2014 at The Strand Gallery

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Creativity, coffee and a tapestry of ideas!
An old idea myself and a fellow friend/artist of mine were conceptualising before he moved to the states, an idea that I, excuse me, we thought is pretty special...but who knows? We'll just have to wait and see but the potential is definitely!

I'm not gonna give the idea away but instead lead your mind in the right direction with a sort of Idealised Synopsis :)

"Tapestry of abstract stories told in mixed mixed mediums and styles with spoken verse and subtitled with a musical score and code as an after thought.."

"No limits imposed!"
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  • Mood: Tense
  • Listening to: Shortee Blitz on Kiss 100.
  • Reading: The Life of Senna by Tom Rubython
  • Watching: Street Fighter Assassin's Fist.
  • Playing: New Pacman Arcade.
  • Eating: Sausage & chips with Costa Bourbons.
  • Drinking: Pepsi and Brothers toffee apple cider.

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Bee boys by yuyanda
Bee boys
Conceptual character designs as part of a much larger composition which includes female figure drawings entitled Digital Ink - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/Dig…

The idea is within a blooming flower bud lies two beautiful naked women. Perched on a petal these Bee boys couldn't care less, they're just after the pollen. Oh well... each to his own I guess.

I put a lot of thought into these half breeds, a mixture of a wasp, a bumblebee and a gremlin. Here are my preparatory sketches with annotations - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/Bee…
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God Help the Girl by yuyanda
God Help the Girl

Quad poster design for indie musical rom-com God Help the Girl from Metrodome distribution released in 2014 starring Emily Browning (Suckerpunch) Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) and Olly Alexander (lead singer of the British band Years and Years) and director Stuart Murdoch’s debut film.

After winning the State of the Art Cinema ‘design a poster’ competition last year, I was given the opportunity by Metrodome Distribution to design a fully credited film poster.

God Help the Girl (one-sheet poster) - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/God…

For more info about ‘God Help the Girl’ visit -
www.godhelpthegirl.com/

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God Help the Girl (one-sheet poster) by yuyanda
God Help the Girl (one-sheet poster)

My one-sheet poster design for indie musical rom-com God Help the Girl from Metrodome distribution released in 2014 starring Emily Browning (Suckerpunch) Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) and Olly Alexander (lead singer of the British band Years and Years) and director Stuart Murdoch’s debut film.

After winning the State of the Art Cinema ‘design a poster’ competition last year, I was given the opportunity by Metrodome Group to design a fully credited film poster.

God Help the Girl (quad poster)

For more info about ‘God Help the Girl’ visit -
www.godhelpthegirl.com/

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Olly Alexander - God Help the Girl by yuyanda
Olly Alexander - God Help the Girl

I’m currently working on a film poster design for musical indie rom-com God Help the Girl from Metrodome distribution released in 2014. The film stars Olly Alexander (lead singer of the British band Years and Years) and directed by Stuart Murdoch.

For the painting process I decided to stick to a digital workflow using Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 with my trusty Wacom Graphire 4 tablet. My creative direction was simple, incorporating an opaque flat colour approach with little or no airbrushing. I sampled colours from 4 different palettes with high saturation values and bright hues. James is a musician and rarely seen without his guitar so I decided to portray him in this light. The guitar’s structure comprises of 22 layers alone including textures and reflective brushwork. I sampled 76 colours in total and only used a handful to create the look and feel of his guitar. In keeping with the bands bold two-tone album cover art I went for a minimal but more exciting full colour painting approach which should appease their fans and a single background colour to accompany each of the actor illustrations. The idea was if the illustration has a high saturation value then the background colour would be low saturation and vice versa. I later came across the Albers approach to colour studies which lead to the idea of finding the largest area of a hue from the actor illustration and producing a different colour within the same family for the background. I also attempted to combine these ideas with complimentary colours and split complimentary colours to cohesively bring them all together.

Emily Browning as Eve - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/Emi…

Hannah Murray as Cass - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/Han…

For more info about 'God Help the Girl' visit - us.godhelpthegirl.com/

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Hannah Murray - God Help the Girl by yuyanda
Hannah Murray - God Help the Girl

I’m currently working on a film poster design for musical indie rom-com God Help the Girl from Metrodome distribution released in 2014. The film stars Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) and directed by Stuart Murdoch.

For the painting process I decided to stick to a digital workflow using Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 with my trusty Wacom Graphire 4 tablet. My creative direction was simple, incorporating an opaque flat colour approach with little or no airbrushing. I sampled colours from 4 different palettes with high saturation values and bright hues. For the leopard print dress worn by Cass, I decided to isolate the dark areas of the pattern and trace it using Illustrator CS3 before adding any colour or brushwork in Photoshop CS3. A section of the dress was matted in as it was cropped from the photograph. Cass’s fashionable style reflects her free spirited character. I sampled over 30 colours to create her dress and shoes. In keeping with the bands bold two-tone album cover art I went for a minimal but more exciting full colour approach which should appease their fans and a single background colour to accompany each of the actor illustrations. The idea was if the illustration has a high saturation value then the background colour would be low saturation and vice versa. I later came across the Albers approach to colour studies which lead to the idea of finding the largest area of a hue from the actor illustration and producing a different colour within the same family for the background. I also attempted to combine these ideas with complimentary colours and split complimentary colours to cohesively bring them all together.

Emily Browning as Eve - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/Emi…
Olly Alexander as James - yuyanda.deviantart.com/art/Oll…

For more info about 'God Help the Girl' visit - 
us.godhelpthegirl.com/

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Thank you. Its been pretty creative, next year even more so I hope!
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