Godt Nyttår. Don’t mind me. I’m trying to show off with the Norwegian phrase I got from Google. Happy new year to you all. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the materials I use for my art works. I have always been a use-what-you-have advocate. I believe every artist should make do with whichever supplies available to him or her Below are some of the art supplies I use, with pictures I took of each. This is just a list, I will discuss their usage and where to get them in different posts.
Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm with 2B Refills
Faber Castell, MosPas, FIS Grade Pencil, Derwent Charcoal, Soft Style Office HB and a Cutter
Sense Coloured Pencils
Tortillons (For blending)
Raffine Charcoal, Pastel and Kneadable Eraser
Derwent Eraser Pencil
Fabriano Paper 200gsm
Ear Buds (For Blending Smaller Areas)
Lol. Yes, Very Important – Music
Today I type this piece from the beautiful city of Trondheim, Norway. I moved here a couple of weeks ago to pursue a 2-year MPhil program. Preparations before take-off was quite hectic. I also had several commissions to finish for clients before leaving.
I was about to move from my country of birth. The land I had grown fond of throughout my twenty something years of existence. My family, my friends, my clients, MY STUDIO! I was to leave them all behind and start all over again in a new, unknown land. Decisions had to be made in a very limited period of time. To cut everything short, I moved. I took with me some art supplies to start with till I find materials here to buy.
Since I arrived, my efforts have been towards setting up an in-room studio. I am glad to announce that all is set. I’ll begin working on some pieces very soon so please keep fingers crossed. Right at the base of my residence is a vibrant courier service centre where finished pieces can be sent to be shipped to clients worldwide. I also discovered some beautiful frames in a shop here that clients would love! Lastly, for all those who had wanted to pay for my services without having to step outside of their rooms, there is good news. In a couple of weeks (to be announced soon), you can commission me to draw your beautiful loved ones, or/and yourself from the comfort of your home and pay me through paypal. So wherever you find yourself, I am at your service. All you have to do is to contact me with your request, send the reference picture, sit back and relax as your work is completed and shipped to your doorstep. If you are in Norway, then it’s even easier. My e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org is still active, you can reach me by dropping a mail there or visit the Contact page on this blog.
I am attaching a few of the old works I did back in Ghana before leaving. Had to rush through most of them for obvious reasons.
A great artist once lived called Leonardo da Vinci. Historical records document how multi-talented this man was in his time:painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. The ever-famous Mona Lisa painting was by this genius of an artist. Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci and a peasant woman, Caterina. On May 2, 1519, he passed on.
April 15th (Leonardo’s birthday) has therefore been set as World Art Day to celebrate the contribution of artists worldwide through their creative prowess. If you are an artist in any field at all, today is your day. Let us keep on being creative. Let us not discourage the young ones from taking up careers in art.
You may click the link below to the website set up for this very important day. Artists rock!!!
Somewhere last year a friend sent me a link to the blog of a London-based artist by name Kelvin Okafor. My mouth involuntarily remained agape as I browsed through his masterpieces, in awe. Until then, I had not seen such detailed pieces of pencil works before. I’m sure if I had seen those works before the memorable advice I had from an artist sometime back (which I will tell you about later), I would’ve felt discouraged and stopped drawing. I quickly bookmarked his blog which I’ve been visiting to date.
To those who do not know the famous Okafor already, he is a British artist(of Nigerian descent) who was educated at St. Ignatius’ College in Enfield and Middlesex University, graduating in Fine Art in 2009. He lives in Tottenham, London. After receiving several awards and prizes in 2012 and 2013, Kelvin Okafor’s story was picked up by the BBC and other media which propelled him to fame. Popular among his works are portraits of Amy Winehouse, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Beyonce, Rihanna, and more.
I have had so much inspiration from this great artist. I have learnt from him that investing time and patience in one’s work adds value to it as he dedicates many hours to his masterpieces. I know there are better artists out there who may not have been fortunate enough to be exposed in the limelight as Okafor has, but he has made a name for himself and will continue to be an inspiration for many artists worldwide. And since I’m fortunate enough to be his friend on Facebook, and per how he write his posts, I can imagine he is very humble. I see many followers of him express their disappointments on his page for his failure to respond to their queries. I always sit back and ask “How do we expect a man who commits about 100 hours to a single portrait to equally have time to answer all queries on his social media platforms?”
I would’ve attached some of his works in this post but I don’t know if I’m allowed to, per copyright regulations and all. So you may click on the links below to his blog, website and Wikepedia page. I hope you enjoy his works as much as I did and still do. Good day.