Freelance illustrator Ochuneyo Etubi better known in the cloud as @mumu_illustrator has been releasing very eclectic photos of a peculiar series on his timeline. His characters are obviously music-inspired as they sport musical instruments but wearing African masks and he’s titled the image sequence’This Is Who We Are, But You Didn’t Care’.
Here’s what Etubi tells FW:
What was the inspiration behind the series ‘This Is Who We Are, But You Didn’t Care’?
So I wanted to do a series with African masks but didn’t know how I would actually go about it. But then, one of my cousins called and said there was a job… Long story short they were working a festival (the core) and it was aimed at portraying new young African art, music, fashion and culture. So once I heard all of that, I decided my illustrations themselves would represent the art portion, the ones carrying musical instruments will represent the music and their outfits would represent the fashion. But they know where they’re coming from which is why they wear the masks for the culture.
How long did it take to create the series?
But it was intensive was drawing everyday nonstop. And African masks because they are awesome.
What was your client’s reaction eventually?
They really loved it and they kept asking me for the next time I would be giving the next update and for that I’m grateful
Any new project you’re working at the moment?
Working on a comic called “red tempo” created and written by Darius Cummings, and I’m doing the line work and coloring. Working on my own comic book ‘mumu juju’ and random freelance commissions.