Nigeria boasts some crazy talented illustrators and the cool minds at Farabale (pronounced fah-rah-bah-leh) want you and the rest of the world to admit it. They’ve bundled some really spectacular art into a digital zine that’s up for free download on this page.
Dubbed ArtBeat 100, the zine features art from a hundred artists that depict love, life, friendship, possible futures and a healthy dose of funky visual goodness.
Artbeat 100 feels like a public showcase of the entries received during Farabale’s Artbeat contest back in October last year (I’ve been waiting to say that) and then some. Mad! Comics’ Fumar Mota was the winner of the maiden edition with his Bloody Mary piece pictured above.
In case you missed it, the Farabale Artbeat contest is “a platform for young creative Nigerians to showcase their talent and win cool cash”.
It features work from the winner, Mad! Comics’ Fumar Mota as well as Mumu Juju creator, Etubi Onucheyo, doodle wizard Martin Avwenagha south, spunktastic illustrator, Collyde Prime, the jaw-dropping lines and colors of Mohammed Agbadi and a host of remarkable talents.
My thoughts? I love the layout; it’s simple, and it works. Also, a hundred artists with diverse techniques and styles guarantee there’s never a boring moment. I love almost all the illustrations but remain unimpressed with some. Then I remember, art is subjective and as they say, lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Dive into the creative ocean of some of Nigeria’s finest at the links below and do check out Farabale now!
Happy 2017, never stop squirting creativity!
PS: Farabale’s ArtBeat has encouraged us to follow our original mission of publishing a zine (physical and digital) that showcases the best in Ghanaian digital art, across illustration, graphic design, animation, comics, games, fashion, memes and more. This will not only focus on Ghana, but will feature content from South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nigeria as well. Keep an eye out for us sometime during the second quarter of this year.