Who is Ndumiso Nyoni and what do you do?
I am a Zimbabwean-born illustrator / motion graphic designer, currently based in Johannesburg. I graduated cum laude with a degree in Multimedia from the University of Johannesburg back in 2010 and I have been working as a motion graphic designer at an animation studio since I graduated.
Tell us about your work?
My work is a combination of traditional, African themes fused with contemporary youth culture and trends. I like to juxtapose traditional techniques, mostly pencil sketches with contemporary media in the form of vector illustrations and motion graphics.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by many things. My influences could range from Kaytranada’s latest album to a classic film by Federico Fillini. I find that different media or art will evoke different emotions and it is this amalgamation of emotions that will drive my next artwork.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished working on an illustration based on the American jazz pianist, Thelonious Monk. I really enjoyed the process of creating a jazz themed poster while listening to his music . I plan on creating another illustration soon, which will be based on Nina Simone. Hopefully listening to her music while working on the illustration will unlock new emotions and creative processes.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
I believe that being a creative is more of a lifestyle than a job. And in order to produce your best work you need to live that lifestyle. In other words, try to see and appreciate art in everything, because there is art in everything. From poems in a book, to billboards on the side of the road, to the texture on a tree’s bark. It’s all art which in turn can add more depth and understanding to your own work.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Being chosen as one of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives back in 2010 would have to be my most significant highlight. It gave me the opportunity to showcase my work to a wider audience, opened the doors to different job offers and it kick-started my career.
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