Drawing with a Ball Pen, irrespective of its manufacturer is another creative niche. In this interview Joseph Olalekan, a Nigerian photorealistic ball pen artist, tells us about this art and his craft.
CAN YOU TELL US BRIEFLY ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND MOST ESPECIALLY YOUR JOURNEY IN BECOMING AN ARTIST?
My Name is Olatubora Joseph Olalekan,a photorealistic ball pen artist and an undergraduate of Mathematical Science Department of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo state Nigeria and hails from Irele Local Government Government Area In Ondo state.
My journey in becoming an artist started fully after my secondary school but my drawings then was basically to draw cartoons. Well, I had begun drawing during my secondary school but not fully into arts due to lots of school works.
Yet, my interest to draw did not cease because I decided to start drawing pictures after I had abandoned it. Then from pencils, I discovered this inner joy when drawing with a pen aside the pencil, and this is what I stick with now.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR ART?
The people around me, the things I see, the words I hear or listen to, and all inspire my art. Basically, my environment is the major inspiration to my art. This is because people can relate to my art.
DO NIGERIANS VALUE BALL PEN ARTS?
Well, Nigerians have this great value for arts but it is only few Nigerians that are willing to pay for its worth. Besides, the Government is not really encouraging artists most especially we the upcoming artists. This is really bad for the future of arts in our country, however, I believe things will change for good.
HOW BEST CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ART AND AUDIENCE?
My art speaks a lot to people, and they are source of inspiration and motivation to my audience. I can say this because of the feedback from my audience which has been encouraging and supportive. These words alone also inspire me to work harder, and bring out more inspiring contents.
ANY CHALLENGES? AND HOW BEST WOULD YOU ADVICE ANYONE TO BEAT IT?
There are so many challenges. Personally, as an undergraduate, combining my craft with studies can be challenging a bit. Also, regarding finance. However the foremost challange was the earliest criticism from my parents, who were worried that I was spending too much time on drawing.
Yet, I beat all these with consistency, persistency and determination, not forgetting God’s grace. And this is what I would simply advice anyone. It helps.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU ARE NOT DRAWING WITH THE BALL PEN?
I do create art with every single chance I have but peradventure I am not drawing, I surf the net, promote my work on social media, or sometimes I hang out with my friends.
WHAT BALL PEN DO YOU USE?
I use Bic Blue Ball pen, or Schneider Colour and Blue Ball Pen. The difference is the brand. One is made by BIC Company while the other is made by SCHNEIDER Company but they almost bring out the same result when you use either of the two.
You can connect with Joseph on Instagram.