Art Interviews

Lawyartist takes us through his amazing illustrations, inspiration and art in Nigeria.

lawyartistTell us a bit about your background? When did you get into arts?

I am a young lawyer and an old artist as I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I was not great from birth but my parents who noticed I liked to scribble stick figures and trees encouraged me.

However, I always took my ability to draw for granted until late 2014, when I decided to start drawing every single day to hone my skills. Up until that point, I had gone years without drawing because well, I felt I could, so why bother?

A Lawyer and an artist how do/did you pull this off?

Even I don’t have the answer to this question, as they are both quite demanding. I guess I use all my spare time and a little bit of the time meant for sleep to sketch, paint and draw. This is necessary as both law and art are quite time-consuming, if you wish to be remarkable that is.

How has your art changed over time?

This is the first time I have actually had to consciously consider this. Well, the most obvious changes are my hands have grown even steadier and I am more confident in my choice of colours. Another recent change has been my last few pieces that have been done on canvas.

The biggest change however has been my willingness to dabble in abstract art over the past two months. I want to start appealing to an older audience while retaining my growing reputation as  ‘cartoonist’. I’m sure you are starting to see a ‘you can’t hold me down’ pattern forming here.

lawyartist mech.How important is an awesome website for your business?

I don’t have a website per se yet but I do have a presence on all social media. Social media is crucial to selling my art and creating a fanbase. My kind of art is obviously visual and therefore must be easy to show people and potential clients.

I look forward to running my own website soon but I need the fanbase first, I don’t want a cobweb collecting website.

What colours inspire you?

As a child, red and blue. Now I love purple. But I’m not bent on getting things in purple or anything like that, in fact I don’t own anything in purple. I just like purple a little more than other colours.

gorillazA website and/or blog you visit often?

YouTube! I learn so much about everything from it. I visit my favourite YouTube channel in the world everyday (I don’t watch TV). The channel is called WatchMojo and is essentially a collection of random facts about movies, anime, pop culture and life in general.

What do you do in your free time?

Make art. Before I became Lawyartist, I was a gym rat. Now, I try to squeeze in a little exercise so I remain fit, but all my free time is primarily for art. Planning my next art move or drawing or both.

Your thoughts on the Future of Art in Nigeria?

The future of art in Nigeria is exciting! Really breaking away from the old, boring and ultra conservative standards we grew up with. Now you see a Nigerian artist’s work and not even know he’s African. Formerly, an oil painting of marketwomen selling oranges was the standard and a dead giveaway. Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

The Nigerian art scene is really changing and this is so exciting.

Something that is overrated?

Wolverine (Logan)

Ever tried portrait art? If yes, how did it go?

Yes I have, I find it extremely limiting and boring. I can’t play with any elements of the drawing because it’s a real person and has to look like a real person at the end.

The portraits I have done have gone fairly well. Drawn my Mum, Beckham, Adele etc. Miniature portraits but portraits nonetheless.

What’s your current obsession and how is it feeding into your work?

Current obsession has to be making the size of my artwork bigger and getting good at digital art, the latter remains so confusing to me, however I plan on conquering it before the year runs out.

Already started drawing on large canvases, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m trying to get my work displayed in galleries across Lagos for starters. I have lofty dreams, so I’m constantly working towards them materializing.

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