The Lens Blur Interview: MK.

Here we have our first Artist/Contributor interview, which we hope will be the first of quite a few. Budding graphic designer, digital artist, musician and general IT guy Kuda Mukudu shares some of his design work with us and waxes lyrical about his inspirations and influences. Enjoy, RT and hire the man! Support your local creatives!

  1. would you consider yourself a creative?

 

Never used to think so but as time went on I thought about a lot of things and how beautiful they were. I would find art in the most random of places like a cracked wall or something.

 

  1. What kind of art are you into?

 

I would have to say modern art if that’s a thing. Like digital art, things people create using computers would be more attractive to me than a drawing.

 

  1. What inspires you to create?

 

Other people. I like seeing what other people then attempt to create my own original based on that. Like using their art as a template for my own.

 

  1. Do you have a muse?

 

Loool no I do not.

 

  1. What got you involved with Crearte?

 

It started off as an idea that was passed as two gentleman played Fifa (me winning of course). Then later it wasn’t the potential to make money or something like that, it was just something I would find myself happy with.

 

  1. Do you think there’s room in Zim for the growth of creatives like yourself?

 

I think so, I mean if there is no market for your product I believe that you simply create one. You make your own demand and with the tech advances in Zimbabwe something like Crearte has been in the pipelines.

 

  1. If you had to choose one form of expression, what would it be?

 

Music

 

  1. How important is your social media presence for your art?

 

Its huge, art is beautiful yes we all know that but if the public doesn’t then whats the point. Its like if God created the world only to view it from wherever with no appreciation.

 

  1. What is Crearte? Where do you see it going in the next 5 years?

 

Crearte is a digital company involved with all aspects of design. From websites to posters anything of that nature. Also it’s a marketing firm. In the next five years I see myself telling the new talent in crearte to change the game the way the will in the near future.

  1. What is MK?

 

MK is my brand and the name I use to tag my designs. The “M’ standing for Matthew and the “K’ for Kuda.

 

  1. Do you ever want to engage in collabs?

 

If the person or firm is good enough I see no reason not to.

 

  1. Let’s talk weed… Do you need a puff to create?

 

I don’t need to puff to create but sometimes it takes the edge of and you will be surprised the crazy ideas that could come from it.

 

  1. Do you ever use your art to impress the ladies?

 

No not at all, but if that’s whats happening then so be it but that’s not the intention.

 

  1. What’s your favourite piece of art out of all the stuff you’ve made, music to poems to whatever…

 

Mhmmm very difficult. Its probably a poem I wrote a while back about infinite worlds and how in those infinite worlds I would still choose her a thousand times over.

 

  1. If you could quit your day job to be a full time “creative” would you?

 

Without a moment of hesitation.

 

  1. Do you ever want to expand beyond Zimbabwe? Why?

 

Yes I do, because humans in general are a greedy lot and I want to rule Africa one day. If I can.

 

  1. Is being Zimbabwean important to how you do your art?

 

Its just a name attached to the country I live in it has nothing to do with art itself but probably influences it a lot. To me its not really important.

 

  1. You get a million of your first deal… What are you buying?

 

Nothing. Start a trust so that my son never starves period.

 

  1. Would you consider doing free work just to get your name out there?

 

Yea sure, I mea we all got to start somewhere you cant expect to charge mad amounts when people don’t even know who you are.

 

  1. If you died today, which piece of work that you’ve done would best rep the name Kuda Mukudu?

My son … drops mic

 

Well that was interesting to say the least, but even more interesting than his words, are his images. See his gallery below to get a look at his work and hopefully you can hit Crearte or MK himself up for work.

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Snapchat Interview: Grace

A few weeks ago, we did the Lens Blur Guess the Hands Challenge via Twitter, and while conducting it, we offered a prize for the eventual winner (i.e. the person who guessed the most hands correctly). While I’m all for community, I knew there obviously was no one who could recognise the hands of 15+ people they may have never met, so I put in a couple of clues and dropped them as we went along. The winner would get free lunch (not sure who was going to pay for that, honestly…) or a mini interview with questioning done by our very own Zelipah Mitti!

Grace Senga, who was the eventual winner, mercifully chose the interview and we decided it made the most sense to have her give her answers via Snapchat’s 10 second clips. It’s been a while, and I’ve been a little busy so people have had to wait but as promised, here is the very first Lens Blur Snapchat Interview!

 

Images from the Robots.

A lot has been said on social media about the camera quality of phones running the Android operating system. Ironically, you usually get some really good pictures from high end Android phones. Dennis Shoko and I share a few pictures we’ve taken and tweaked on our phones. Enjoy.

Dennis. Samsung Galaxy S6.

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I’m no photographic expert but Dennis takes a damn good photo. Capturing the general every day scenes of Harare and giving them an almost eerie ambience using a phone isn’t easy, but Dennis pulls it off with aplomb. I don’t know if Harare has a lot of soul, but these pictures sure do. His landscape and nature shots are cool, too. Want more? Check out Dennis’ Instagram page for a lot more shots like the ones above.

Bheki. Huawei Ascend P7; Samsung Galaxy S4.

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This is my own stuff, which as you can see, I usually edit for artistic purposes. The image quality itself is retained, but since I generally take pictures of regular things (nature, scenes) I like to liven them up with edits, all done on the phone. I prefer phones because they’re more tactile than the mouse on a PC, and yield more organic results.

Follow me on Instagram (I don’t post much, but well) by clicking my handle: @_Nifty

Check out my previous photo post on Lens Blur (much more stuff there) here: The After Life

LENS BLUR GUESS THE TWIMBO CHALLENGE!

The cool thing about Twitter is the people. The people I happen to follow tend to always have cool ideas, and one such idea comes from Heather, who’s suggested people send through selfies cropped down to just the lips and the eyes for the Twitter community to try guess who’s who…. See how many you get right by following @__LensBlur & @__Nifty on Twitter. Just mention these accounts and reference the captioned number. The person who gives us the most correct guesses gets a feature on the blog with ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING they want posted. Even more selfies. Enjoy!

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THROUGH THE EYES OF: DOBIE.

Ladies and gentlemen, like I said on another post once, these intros will get shorter and the art will be a lot more immediate! So, without standing on ceremony, take in some lush imagery taken and edited by Dobie (Dobie_M on Twitter). Enjoy and share/comment/reblog!!

“I took this today, it’s my debut photo with Google Camera. no filter, edits or anything.

That's me with Tuku in the background. Photo cred @vamushongaZW

That’s me with Tuku in the background. Photo cred @vamushongaZW

I came across this truck somewhere in the hood a couple of days ago.

I came across this truck somewhere in the hood a couple of days ago.

A couple of days ago my cat had caught a bird and it was playing around with it.  Captured the moment.

A couple of days ago my cat had caught a bird and it was playing around with it. Captured the moment.

One day I found my cat chilling in a bucket. I have no idea why. I've edited this pic countless times and I'm still not satisfied.

One day I found my cat chilling in a bucket. I have no idea why. I’ve edited this pic countless times and I’m still not satisfied.

I found this abandoned doll somewhere in Gweru. Looks like a voodoo doll huh?

I found this abandoned doll somewhere in Gweru. Looks like a voodoo doll huh?

A maize cob hanging from an unidentified object. I took this pic after I've seen a

A maize cob hanging from an unidentified object. I took this pic after I’ve seen a “maize pic” on Steve Chikosi’s IG.

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I took this photograph whilst I was walking to school. I think I “over edited ” it but #NoPressure.

Doing rounds with my guys in the streets of Gweru. The original photo was terrible but now I consider it to be one of the best I've edited.

Doing rounds with my guys in the streets of Gweru. The original photo was terrible but now I consider it to be one of the best I’ve edited.

Standard Chartered Bank, Gweru branch. I took that whilst I was waiting for my turn at the ATM.

Standard Chartered Bank, Gweru branch. I took that whilst I was waiting for my turn at the ATM.

FREDA’S NATURE OF THE SURREAL

I’ll let it be known now – I’m a huge fan of visual art, I draw (much less frequently than I’d like to), and visual art is by far my favourite form of art to simply look at and take in. So I was pleasantly surprised when a lady I follow on Twitter, Ashler Jaya (@chubby_cheeekks) told me that her sister, Freda had some stuff to submit to LB the same day I came up with the idea and announced it on Twitter.

One fine Monday, she e-mails me some of her sister’s work. 

MIND. BLOWN.

Here’s what Freda says about her work:

“I’m inspired by surreal artists. The creative process of creating a creature that doesn’t exist in nature and calling it yours stands testament of the artist’s ingenuity. In my case temporary insanity and my strange nature. Lol. Art isn’t something I do. It’s the paint that runs through my veins, the voice split across paper. It’s the doodles dancing in My head instead of brains. Lol. It’s my truth. Art is me.”

So, a way with words as well as a magical hand and mind. She’s blessed us. Share this magic!

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