Art Interviews

Meet BallPen artist Mamudu Samuel

“My name is Mamudu Samuel I was born on the 6th of September i’m a Ballpen artist and I use pen and paper as my main media”.


InstaSave-1Tell us about your education?
I’m 400level student of architecture at federal university of technology akure.
In retrospect, what do you know now that you wish you knew before you pursued your education? Well I don’t have any regrets but I wish I knew  the level I could achieve with art because I only considered it a hobby

Why Ballpoint photorealism?
Ballpen photo realism is aimed at reproducing a  refrence photo with the same amount of detail provided by the photo, meaning the refrence photo becomes the guide and every intricate detail is reproduced.

InstaSave-2What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the society,by an urge to create, by other artist, by nature, and also the message am trying to communicate.

On average, how many hours a day do you spend on drawing?
I draw at night and sometimes daytime but between 3-4hours

InstaSavewhat do you do in your free time?
I draw, I watch inspirational videos,I watch/play football, I listen to music

What other materials do you use for work?
I strictly use pen but sometimes i make a switch to pencil work depending on the project

What are you currently working on ?
A piece I title ‘joy in hardship’, which talks about the struggles of a man and his child in search for food and shelter it will be an interesting journey just keep anticipating

What are your top five sites for inspiration?
I will have to put instagram first though it’s not neccessarily a site . I’d say, Kelvin Okafor, Jonodry, the addictive sketcher Adebanjo and Charles leveso


Do you have anything, in particular, you focus on? People, Nature, Food?  Why?
People, because I feel every human exudes different emotion and uniqueness in relation to our environment and time, humans see things in their own individual way and no two people think or act alike. I like to express and communicate these emotions and uniqueness in my drawings addressing issues along the way.

Do you have any influences? who are they?
Yes I have been influenced by forerunners of the ballpen art community, artists like enam bosokah, oscar ukonu ,mostafa khoidier have had a great influence and being great sources of inspiration for me

In your opinion, What is the future of creativity and art in Nigeria?
Well I feel art has not gotten to the level in nigeria where it is really appreciated or taken as source of living. The future of art depends on each and every one of us taking it as something that is a gift from God we men because creativity is one attribute of God given to us we should love and appreciate and not see it has furniture that is the only way art can move forward.

Thanks Sam for having us. Cheers.

Samuel can be found on
Instagram handle :@samuel_mamudu
Facebook :samuel mamudu
Twitter: @samjunyart


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