#DrawingWhileBlack: Highlighting African Artists You Never Knew About

#DrawingWhileBlack is hands down one of the best trends the internet has ever seen. The hashtag trend, started by Ghanaian-American artist Annabelle, was created to appreciate and celebrate black artists worldwide. The trend did way more than that; it brought out hundreds of crazy talented artists we had absolutely no idea about. For us, the best part is that about 44% of #DrawingWhileBlack posts were from black people here in Africa! Even the tweet with the highest retweets/shares of all posts on the hashtag came from Ghanaian artist Benjamin Kwashie! *dances excitedly*

We took the time to sift through the beauty that is #DrawingWhileBlack and compiled some of our favourite posts by not-so-popular artists around the continent. If you love them (they’ll definitely give you goosebumps), do share, follow and support their talents.

Don’t forget to share this article too (please and thanks).

Enjoy!

For even more art goodness, check out KaDi‘s favourite #DrawingWhileBlack moments.

By Fafa Macauley.

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Squid Alley With Kevin Blackmore

We’re starting something new and exciting at Squid Mag that you’ll totally love. We’re granting you- with 9 questions – an all-access pass into the backyards of some of the best illustrators, graphic designers and comic writers across the continent. We’re calling it the Squid Alley -à la artist alley – and it is intended to offer a window into the lives of these amazing artists, every week! Continue reading “Squid Alley With Kevin Blackmore”

Giveaway: Win Free Art Prints From Brilliant Nigerian Illustrator, Etubi Onucheyo

If you love great digital art, African comics, Mumu Juju, comedy and are presently in Nigeria, Christmas came really early for you via the new Santa, Etubi Onucheyo!

How you ask? Through his Mumu 5k Giveaway where he gives away three out of 20 pieces in his “this is who we are but you didn’t care” series.

Why? To celebrate the 5 thousand lovely Instagram accounts that follow him and his fantastic portfolio.

Continue reading “Giveaway: Win Free Art Prints From Brilliant Nigerian Illustrator, Etubi Onucheyo”

The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign

As seen on GoFundMe, April 15, 2017. Campaign by Asante Massawa.

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Since April 2013, an online social media platform called Nubiamancy has been sharing content that features black/African people in science-fictional, fantasy, and horror settings; on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and as of recently, YouTube. This was started by myself, Asante Massawa, in order to a) help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genres that underrepresent us, b) promote fantasy art/comics/films/animation/novels/photography that features people of African descent, and c) inspire creators to create more content in those veins.  Continue reading “The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign”

Nubiamancy: Scoping Black Magic Through Art with Asante Massawa

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for brilliant art that’s seasoned with black/African spice, Nubiamancy is it. It is an online goldmine that promotes some of the most amazing art depicting sci-fi, fantasy, mysticism and horror from and for a black/African perspective.

Nubiamancy aims to inspire creativity – to showcase works based on African mysticism and alternative forms of Afrocentricity – and to promote creators such as La’Vata E. O’NealGbenle Maverick, Venus BambisaSetor Fiadzigbey, Marcus Williams and more, who are spreading these sci-fi narratives through their creations. Continue reading “Nubiamancy: Scoping Black Magic Through Art with Asante Massawa”

Comics and Smoothies: A Creative Revolution

Comics and Smoothies is coming to Accra by way of Lagos and we can’t contain our excitement. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Vortex INC to present Comics and Smoothies. Comics and Smoothies is a free informal gathering to talk African comics, games and animation. We’ll be discussing the way forward for African comics, cartoons and games at NourishLAB® Smoothy’s in Osu from 2 – 4 pm. Vortex Inc. is the publisher of Orisha Pikin and other comics we’ve previously covered. Continue reading “Comics and Smoothies: A Creative Revolution”

Painting the Days – These are Creo’s 7 Ghanaian Goddesses

7 Goddesses in their elements
A Goddess a Day makes the world tick

I doubt sheer creative tenacity alone drove Creo Concept to create the visually stimulating depictions of Ghanaian female day names. Rather, I presume it was their passion to showcase our beautiful culture as much as it was to promote the ever expanding Ghanaba movement’s online presence.

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My curiosity was piqued after seeing a few illustrations that the company had shared. Creo’s manner of teasing was truly effective in heightening fan anticipation for subsequent illustrations and accompanying interpretations.

Adwoa
Adwoa

The Creo team’s artistry is appealing, their color compositions are fluid and their characters are nicely shaped, with easily identifiable elements characteristic of African women.

Abena
Abena

Their settings are easily identifiable and show these goddesses in their elements, doing things any girl on the continent and in the diaspora can relate to, one way or another.

Akua
Akua

The settings seamlessly blend the characters’ activities and mannerisms, easily evoking pride and nostalgia. Overall, the profound beauty of Creo’s characters is irresistibly endearing, much like ants in a candy shop.

Yaa
Yaa

While I may not agree with all the interpretations, I must say some are certainly true to the letter.

Afia
Afia

I do not  intend to delve into the meaning of the names but rather, to appreciate and share what I call, “feel-good” art. An exploration of the meanings can be saved for another post or deduced here.

Ama
Ama

I believe art demands more reverence than life does because of it’s longevity, the multiple stories it tells and the many lives it impacts. This belief pegs the Creo team as illustrators of extraordinary gifts, whose talents can be trusted to produce a circle of multi-dimensional characters, complex enough to boldly depict Ghanaian and African realism and thus make art an essential part of life.

Akosua
Akosua

I applaud Creo’s wonderful work and can’t wait to see the god (male) series.

Kofi Asare

Edited by Kadi Yao Tay