Alaba Onajin tells us about his passion for Comics and illustrating Children’s Books.

 

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Did you always want to be an artist?

I have been drawing since I could hold a pen and as far back as I can remember. Being an artist has always been my life-long passion and I just couldnt be stopped, so it was pretty much obvious what I wanted to do.

What is your earliest memory of what you do: 

I remember drawing in my primary school notebooks and textbooks, also scribbling on my room walls.

How would you describe your style? 

I grew up reading comic books by European artists like Herge(Tintin) and also Goscinny and Uderzo(Asterix) so they pretty much influenced my style of art. Their books are very detailed so that really shaped my art style.

Tell us about illustrating Children’s books, what inspired you:

I read a lot of children’s books with illustrations while growing up as they gave more life and meaning to the words. That really inspired me. I just want children to experience what I did growing up, through these colorful books.

What materials do you use for your art? 

I draw on paper with pencils(preferably HB) then ink with various drawing pens most notably Pigma Micron and Muji. Then I import my drawings on a computer(scan) and paint in Cel Shade style with Photoshop.

Of your work, is there one that is a favorite?

My first completed 80 page comic, Atioro and the Rainmaker of Aramada.

What are some common myths about your profession and how do they differ from the actual work? 

Well, the most common is the belief that drawing comics is as easy as writing on paper. Personally its the same amount of work a movie creative team would put into producing a movie, only that as an artist you are the writer, producer, director and pretty much all the actors, all by yourself.

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

Ireland. Visited once, and ive never felt the same kind of calm elsewhere.

Tell me something that is overrated: Marvel Cinematic Universe 🙂

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Would you consider mentoring?

I guess so, never had the opportunity to do that so i’m really not sure if its something I can do or not, but I think it’ll be fun.

What do you predict for the future of Arts and creativity in Nigeria? Where would you like to see it go? 

The highest of heights! The future is very very bright. Ten years ago, this isnt where we are and now we even have yearly comic festivals. Its really an exciting time to be an artist in Nigeria and there are some amazing talents around.

 

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Is there anything else that you would like to add? Are you working on any exciting projects that you would like to share with our readers?

I have just had my children’s comic book on girls education published by Farafina Books and is titled Anike Eleko, a story about a young girl who struggles against all odds to get an education

Check more of Alaba’s Work

Facebook: Alaba Onajin

Twitter: Alaba Onajin

Instagram: Alaba Onajin

Portfolio: https://alabart.crevado.com

 

Bio Source : https://alabart.crevado.com

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