Tobechukwu Nwabunwanne Okoroafor, also known as Draughtsman or Tohbay, is a hyperrealist artist.
The graduate of Fine and Applied Arts from Abia State University Uturu describes himself as a passionate person who puts his all in all he does.
About his art, Draughtsman says, “The style of art I am into is called hyperrealism. It takes a lot of mental energy, determination, focus and an eye for detail and depiction of details on paper.”
“I have been drawing since I was 5 or 6. I was well known back then in my street in Orile Iganmu, Lagos. I made drawings of superheroes (Spiderman, Superman, Batman, etc.) and some Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Daffy Duck on the ground, on sand. I used a broom stick as my pencil.”
“I will say art chose me and I thank God everyday for this talent. It was only natural that I went to the university to study Fine Art; it’s been what I was known for. It was not an easy road in school, I found out that art wasn’t only about drawing with pencils and painting, there are other areas of specialization, and I specialized in graphic design. It was challenging but I have always loved challenges when it comes to art. I adapted and graduated best in my set.”
“I am a hyperrealistic artist, and even though I have grown, I am humbled when I see other hyperrealists like Kelvin Okafor, Arinze Stanley, Isimi Taiwo and Ken Nwadiogbu. Their works are inspiring and the ambition to stand on the pedestal they have graced with my own style is one of my driving forces.”
“I am glad because I am at a level where I have people who look up to me as a mentor, people who I inspire. Sometimes, it is surreal when people I look up to ask me how I was able to achieve a feat in portraiture or in my drawings. I answer questions concerning my style and the materials I use as it can help them climb higher and become better. The feeling of being a mentor or a guide to others is enthralling.”
Art, to him, has always been a tool for exciting emotions. “I am inspired by faces, emotions and nature. But my ultimate inspiration is the ethereal fact that I can draw out your emotions (whether happy, sad or a call to action). I always ask myself. “What do you want your audience to feel?” The satisfaction, the elation, the reaction of my audience to my art is what drives me, any other thing one can think of is secondary.”
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Facebook: Tohby Draughtsman
Phone Numbers: 08156492489 and 07030068118