‘I am passionate about the arts’: Meet a Nigerian artist who makes realistic pencil drawings, photos go viral


A talented Nigerian artist, Valentine Chinemerem Amaechi, has impressed people online with his art and the designs of several celebrities.

Federal Polytechnic School graduate Nekede creates realistic works of art using charcoal pencil and acrylic paint.

In an interview with Legit.ngValentine talked about her passion for art and how it all started.

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How the journey began

Valentine started drawing at the age of seven. According to the graduate, he began with comic drawings of caricatures seen in newspapers.

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Employing the use of graphite on a sketchbook, Valentine began to create his works which he takes to school to stick on the walls.

“Not everyone liked it but I kept practicing,” Valentine said. Legit.ng.

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Speaking further, the artist said his skills improved when he got to the higher education institution and he never stopped sticking his works on the walls for everyone to see. see them.

Get family support

According to Valentine, he never believed he would be an artist. He just did what he did for fun and because he liked to draw.

However, his parents gave him all the support he needed and pushed him to see a sustenance in his passion for art.

Valentine has done several artworks of friends, clients and celebrities including Jay Z and Joe Boy.

“I have produced portraits using acrylic paint, graphite and charcoal of several celebrities, influencers and other visual artists such as Jay Z, Mr. Peter Obi, Nelson Mandela, Burna Obi, Wizkid, Davido, Adekunle Gold, Fire Boy, Joe Boy, Falz, Rema, Arinze Stanley, Ken Nwadiogbu,” Valentine said.

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Why Valentine is so passionate about the arts

Speaking of his passion for his work, Valentine said it stems from a desire to “bring lifeless surfaces to life”. The works of other amazing artists also inspire her a lot.

In his words:

“My passion for my craft is boundless, having the ability to bring lifeless surfaces to life at ease is worth being passionate about.

“I’m inspired when I see other amazing artists creating a wonderful work of art in their own way, so I try to make mine unique using basic materials, such as pencils, paper, stains of mixture, an eraser and cotton swabs. I literally converted my hobby into a business and not a job, it’s an inspiration to me.”

Valentine’s Day Challenges as an Artist

Valentine said it’s usually sad to be underestimated by people who don’t appreciate the arts or don’t know the value of an artist.

“It might be a bit difficult living in a world where people don’t really know your worth as an artist, trying to get the right audience that would really buy and appreciate your works might be difficult at times.

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“Because of the economy, people don’t pay as much for an artwork, which can also be frustrating.”

Is the design lucrative?

Valentine described her work as lucrative since people pay for “her years of experience, not materials.”

“As an artist, people don’t really pay for your materials but rather for your years of experience and expertise. All the more reason why when someone shows up for an interview, employers ask the employee his years of experience.

“I use my experience more than my materials, which literally makes it lucrative. My artistic journey has been flexible with the invention of technology, being able to converse with people within my reach and beyond, having to share my ideas with them has been great and lucrative too,” he said.

Talented Artist Receives Praise for Realistic Drawings

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that photos of the incredible works of art made by a talented artist have caused a social media frenzy.

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The artist identified as @mayor_artz on Instagram shared photos of his works and fans couldn’t help but rave about the beauty of his art.

Taking a first look at the drawings, a person would most likely mistake them for normal photographs taken with a camera.

Source: Legit.ng


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