Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria

Self-taught Portrait Art by Uso

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Uso Udenze, usually goes by “Uchan” online, which is a nickname she was given when she visited Japan. She is a self-taught portrait artist.

Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria

Born in the UK but raised in Nigeria, Uso describes herself as a self-taught portrait artist that usually works with pencil/charcoal/

“But in 2017, I began to expand into digital art and animation. I’m a curious person that’s constantly trying to create, express and inspire. This year I’m finally starting an illustration course and I would highly encourage other young people to follow their dreams for the sake of their own happiness. As clichéd as it sounds, we do only live once.”

“As mentioned, I loved to draw since I was a child but I never really allowed myself to focus on my passion. Sketching was something that made me truly happy growing up, it was like a little escape. It was only in recent years that new people and new environments showed me that happiness is above everything. I made the decision to try more and more to develop my technique and to try new things, and essentially to not worry about others’ opinions on what I should do with my life.”

Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria   Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria

“For now, I’m not too sure what my art represents to other people. To me, my art represents my personal freedom and happiness. This year, I’ve been focused on developing my skills and taking on portrait commissions and although I haven’t created all that’s in my mind and truly shown what I’m capable of, I’m content with the fact that this year I’ve allowed my art to be more than just a hobby.”

Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria    Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria

“I hope that in the future my art inspires other young artists to develop further, but if someone simply likes my work and it makes them happy, that’s more than enough for me.”

Uso says a good number of things inspire her. “Sometimes it’s just a person who I look at and I get a sudden urge to put them down on paper, either because I believe they’ve done great things for the world or because there’s something uniquely captivating about them.”

Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria   Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria

“Other times, I’m listening to music and the emotion that I get from a particular song, or the lyrics in the song inspire me to express that emotion in a drawing. And some other times, I just draw because even if I’m going to end up throwing it away, in that moment sketching away makes me truly happy.”

Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria    Self-taught portrait art by Uso - the spark youth empowerment platform in nigeria

Reach her via

Email: uchanxo@icloud.com

Instagram: uchanxo, just send her a private message.

“I’d like to add that I welcome anyone that doesn’t necessarily want a portrait but simply wants some advice or tips on drawing. Those messages make me just as happy.”

 



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