“Just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean that we aren’t real…”  Jesse Williams

“Afrofuturist academics are looking at alien motifs as a progressive framework to examine how those who are alienated adopt modes of resistance and transformation.”
― Ytasha L. Womack, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Our goal with these pieces is to represent how Black folks tap their imagination to be MORE than “human.” The idea of grooming is to make one’s self look as imagined or desired; by implication, we want to show transformation into the step beyond-the MAGICKAL aspect of looking and being Black, the looks, the culture and the appeal.

Model: Shoshan Yogii

IG: _shoshanyogii

The One Will Focus

A creative visionary at heart and spontaneous developer of all things ingenious, Will Focus is a New York born Graphic Designer and Satabu/Mwenaa Illustrator who seeks out content to work with that requires him to engage content/production on a more visceral level. Using the visual to emote and connect with the individual is a top priority in his development process. Due to this nature of development he is uniquely adept at providing clients with a broad range of skills.

·      Illustration

·      Graphic Design

·      Web Design

·      Motion Design

A Shaper of Destiny‚ Will Focus is primarily on that of Advertising, Branding/Identity, and Illustration work for individual and start-ups, as well as larger corporations.

In addition to being a Designer and Illustrator, Will Focus holds his B.S. in Graphic Design, is Founder and Owner of Blk Alchemy, Founder and co-owner of OurBlackWeb, co-owner of The Black Owned Business Collective, teaches classes and tutorials on vector illustration and development covering general use to in depth artwork, contributes to numerous stock vector art sites, in addition to being a member of various art collectives, including: Full Blackout, Intrinsic Nature, Hunie, Dribbble, and more.

On the Piece: "The piece was created with inspiration taken solely from the bone structure of the model. The appearance of the model was very mystical and almost ethereal. The question was how to combine the two into something almost similar, yet having two distinct styles. Mystical beings represent magic and the otherworldly, while ethereal represents often items that are heavenly and otherworldly. I decided to take more of a literal approach with the former and abstract approach with the latter in order to combine it with my style of afrofuturistic work. In order to do so, I created a combination of witch doctor/brujeria via the hair/hair straps and horns, but otherworldly with respect to the dia de la muerte facial art with the very heavy black line work and skull like representation. The ethereal side was more abstract and a combination with the styling of some of my mech work, where I will take the beauty of the black woman and fuse her with technology. In this piece, I used metal platelets with small gaps to represent an almost armor appearance, but segmented styling so as to emphasize the technological nature of the physical form. The two concepts of mystical and ethereal seemed to work well together, resulting in the final display piece."