Who is Nigel Mpinyuri what do you do and where are you based?
- Nigel Mpinyuri is a child of the 80s and a product of the 90s. I am an Economics graduate, but I have always had a love for art, music and fashion. My art is a result of all this. I taught myself all that I know, and the rest I adapted from my favourite artists. I believe what I do is create visual treats with my personal style.
- I am based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
How would you define your creative style?
- My style is a combination of a number of styles and influences. I wouldn’t say I am a graffiti artist, or a graphic artist or a character designer. My style is a hybrid of all these influences.
Tell us about your most recent project.
- My most recent project is my summer collection of graphic t-shirt designs. To view the first instalment of the designs you can check them out in my portfolio on www.behance.net/nigelmpinyuri titled “Arm & Hammer” or the direct link is http://www.behance.net/gallery/Arm-Hammer/4839297.
What are you currently working on and what’s in the future?
- I am currently working on a number of projects. I am working on setting up a website to showcase my full collection of work. I hope that will be ready by the end of 2012.
- I am working on a collection of t shirts for the summer season. For the past three years, I have been putting together small collections of tees for the summer season. I am working on creating some continuity on that front with a full on brand of t-shirts.
- I have a couple of small commercial branding projects in the works right now. I hope to develop my skills in the branding and marketing.
What advice would you give to young South African creative’s looking to do what you do?
- I am a student of life, and am learning something new every day. My advice to young South African creative’s would be, never stop working on your talent.
- It’s important to keep working on developing your talent, apply your mind and time to your art. I find that I have a passion for art but I put an equal amount of effort to honing my art.
- It is also important to make sure you are always looking out for opportunities to market yourself and get feedback on your work. Online sites like Behance, DeviantArt, and IllustrationServed among others provide a great resource to young creatives.
- It is very important to be present on social media. These are tools you just cannot put a price on.
Where can our readers find your work? (Please send us your social media links and web urls)
- I am currently on Behance.net (www.behance.net/nigelmpinyuri) and on deviantart.com (www.nigel1904.deviant.com ). I am on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nigel.mpinyuri), my Twitter handle is Inqubo1 and on Tumblr (www.tumblr.com/blog/inqubo).
- You can check my updates and new projects on there. For collaborations and commissions, you can drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .