(He/Him) • Lagos, Nigeria
Oboh Mosses, is a young black digital illustrator living and working in Lagos, Nigeria. His passion for art and expressing himself creatively, started at the tender age of seven. Oboh was a fan of many artists he found on line and worked tirelessly at his own craft to develop his style of illustration. Growing up in Nigeria, it was hard for Oboh to get his parents approval for him to become a professional illustrator. It took them time to realize how gifted he was and to accept that his passions for art could actually lead to a successful career as a digital illustrator.Read more
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- “American Illustration, AI 40”
Describe your style in one sentence
Vibrant, catchy, and uplifting.
What lights your soul on fire?
Creating, my day wouldn’t be complete without me doing something creative either in the aspect of art or in my studies. Just experimenting and trying out new things is so much fun.
What techniques do you use?
The majority of my work is done digitally, but occasionally, when I need to quickly draft a sketch, I’ll switch to the traditional medium (pencil and sketchbook). In fact, I’m thinking about going my watercolour painting later on.
What is your dream gig?
One of my dream gigs would be to illustrate a wildlife magazine cover, possibly for National Geographic, as well as to create more environmental illustrations.
Where, when and how do you best create?
I thrive in a cool and calm environment where I can concentrate, I am more productive when I am focused.
How has your style evolved since you started?
What has changed is my use of colour and my ability to convey certain emotions in my paintings. If there is one thing I would like to improve, it is to be more free and loose with my art. I sometimes struggle with the feeling of having to make everything look perfect, which keeps me less motivated most times.
What do you find most challenging in your practice or in the industry?
For me, it would be time management and dealing with the pressure that comes with balancing art with studies. It’s not been easy but I’m slowly getting the hang of it.
How as being an illustrator changed your life?
Being an illustrator has made me more appreciative of things; the time, the love and support I receive from others, and also the bad times because they brought out the best in me; I pay more attention to others and every little thing because it matters in ways I may not fully comprehend.
Name a tool you can’t live without!
Ha-ha! That is electricity. Yes! Electricity, most Nigerian creatives can relate. Also, I can’t make art without my display tablet it, Pinterest; my number 1 go-to for inspiration, and some really good music.
What influences or inspires your art?
I can’t really point to a single source of inspiration, but people in general inspire me to create. Sometimes just watching others create is enough to motivate me to do something.
What would you tell your younger self?
We finally get to do what we love most; making art. And we get paid for it? Unbelievable!!
Why do you think art speaks louder than words?
Art has a way of bringing people together. I feel like it is something we can’t live without; in fact, everything around us is a work of art. It is not limited by language; different people can interpret the meaning of art. I strongly believe that is why it speaks louder than words.
Ikoni Studios, New York Times, Benchmark Education, The Boston Globe
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