Who is Nokwanda Themba and what do you do?
Im a 19 year old Zambian/South African self taught Artist, Contemporary Illustrator, designer and aspiring wordsmith currently studying BSc in Human Physiology at the University of Pretoria. I’m currently in my second year and I work as a free-lance Illustrator and designer. I also have an online crafts store called ‘A Tribe Called Nyla’ of which I devote my time to and use as a side hustle during studies.
How would you define your style or art?
My style is very ‘aesthetically pleasing’ If I could say so. As a Native, I always try to incorporate that aspect of me into the Western lifestyle I live. My strong point is drawing and sketching and I do almost everything in Ink medium. I love to work in bright, vivid colors and patterns and I’ve also recently started doing Collage Art as well.
What inspires your work?
I’m inspired by what moulds my being. Whether it be culture,food, nature, popular figures, the writers and poets I adore, or everyday objects and scenes. I also have a great love for photography and I’m a perfectionist, so I’ll try to recreate what I see as closely as possible. The zeal to improve and be the Artists whose skill levels I aspire to have is also a big inspiration.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently a free lance designer at an African and Japanese inspired textile design firm for Men, Maki&Mpho, who are based in Boston, Massachusetts. In the meanwhile, I am also working for submissions for two Illustration competitions, The Golden Baobab Illustration Prize for African children’s Literature based in Ghana, and 30 days x A City Joburgmyhomeburg Illustration challenge by Missblacdropp.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you
Being a young creative myself, If i would give advice to another, I’d say to use social networks and the internet to your best, never underestimate your influence. This is your portal where you can establish and build your brand, as I’ve learned. Consistency as well as reaching out and creating opportunities for yourself, taking yourself and your craft seriously, is also essential.
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