Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria

Illustration by Pacmartian

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Suleiman Ismail Gwadah, also known as Pacmartian, is an aspiring artist/illustrator and occasional engineer (by virtue of my hard earned degree) from Kaduna, Nigeria.

Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria

“A couple of years ago, if I were to introduce myself I would have left out the part about being an artist because to be frank I never saw a future in it. I was interested in drawing, painting, and arts and crafts in general as a kid through my primary and secondary school years but I abandoned it to focus on maths and science on my way to becoming an engineer. Post University, the reality versus expectation of my chosen field was jarring to say the least.”

“In addition to long spells of unemployment, I quickly realised I did not want to do that for the rest of my adult life and for the first time in years, I took to drawing again which developed into digital art and illustration.”

“I’ve been drawing and creating digital artwork for about two years now, I started off with portraits and skull art (a personal favourite). I spent a lot of time with online resources like YouTube and various artist blogs practising and honing my skills and as my confidence grew, I started to take on more intricate illustrations.”

Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria    Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria

“The next step was sharing my work on social media, specifically on Instagram and the response was extremely positive. Commissions have been coming and the profits I’ve from completing them have been put towards my ultimate goal of starting a digital art print business.”

Speaking on what inspires him, he says, “I’m inspired by the challenge of fusing African art, pop culture and folklore with elements of the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. To achieve that goal, I find myself looking through various visual blogs and social media like Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration.”

Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria      Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria

Illustration by Pacmartian - The Spark Youth Empowerment Platforms in Nigeria

“However my greatest source of inspiration comes from enjoying my movies, TV shows, books and comics. I’ve found that creativity for me is driven not just by enjoying and appreciating the work of others, but it’s also driven by a desire to create artwork that’s just as innovative and inspirational.”

Connect with him via

Instagram and Twitter: @pacmartian



The Spark is a youth empowerment platform in Nigeria that projects the average Nigerian youth doing something, anything positive. Our mission is to reach out to as many youths, “EMPOWER and ENGAGE!!!


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