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Interview with Richard Kuria – Artist in Eldoret, Kenya

Richard KuriaRichard Kuria is an painter and pencil sketch artist living in Eldoret, Kenya. He is currently studying at the Moi University in Eldoret, doing a BSc. in Project Planning and Management.

You can connect with Richard on Facebook or by phone at +254-725-357-241.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey in art.

Richard Kuria: My name is Kuria Richard Njogu, currently living in Eldoret. I grew up in Bungoma, Western Kenya. I attended a private school there called Marell Academy, where I was first introduced to art. Back then, I mostly drew cartoons. I enjoyed the attention I got from the other students, about how good I was. I was never serious about art, not until I joined High School, (Booker Academy, Mumias), when doing Art and Design, where I really discovered my love for it. I got recognized as a talented artist, through winning awards or when it came to people talking about my art.

Richard Kuria ArtAfter high in 2010, I needed to make some money. I met a guy, now a really good friend of mine, living in Bungoma, called Joshua (Josh), a great artist. He introduced me to the painting and framing technique displayed below. Working with him taught me a lot, and in the end, I got to make money from the pieces we sold. Unfortunately, people want the cheapest thing they can get, thus it was very hard to sell the pieces at high prices, but what I learnt from my time with him, was priceless.

Richard Kuria ArtAlso during that time, I got interested in doing portraits, specifically pencil portraits. I got in love with it and wanted to do it all the time. I did not have anyone to teach me, so I spent a lot of time, looking at other artists work in the internet. I got some tips here and there and developed my own techniques and tricks along the way, and with every portrait I did I got a little better. I have been doing commissions since 2011 and I have done work for people all over the country.

Currently I work as a freelance artist, which is a good choice for me, because the operating costs are typically low. I am also working on turning my love for art into a career, and exhibiting my works in galleries.

I strive to produce the best portrait drawings I can, making them as realistic as I possibly can.

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Interview with Artist Arnold Indusa from Nairobi, Kenya

Arnold IndusaArnold Indusa is a talented pencil sketch artist from Nairobi, Kenya. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business IT. You can learn more about him and contact him through his facebook page.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and how you got started with art.

Arnold Indusa: Well, I found myself drawing at the back of my school books way back in primary school, and was definitely fascinated by that. I actually enjoyed it a lot though I got into a lot of trouble for “dirtifying” my school books. Little did people know it was a blessing in disguise. I’m the first born out of the 3 of us, and I live in South C. I graduated from Strathmore University with a Bachelors Degree in Business IT.

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Interview with Artist Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula from Bungoma County, Kenya

Kennedy Wafula

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula is a self taught artist from Bungoma County, Kenya. He derives deep inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci. You can find out more about Kennedy on his profile on ArtBreak.com.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: I am Kennedy Wafula from Bungoma county, born in 1992. I studied at Nzoia Primary school then joined Bungoma High School where I was privileged to take art/design as my favourite subject. I did my exams in 2011 and I have not yet joined university. My art dates back to 1999. As a child I used to trace pictures just for fun. In 2003 I came to discover my talent when I realized my classmate Dennis Munyasi drawing amazing picture just from a magazine that attracted the attention of the whole class. When I gave a try to draw what he drew I realized I had the potential to draw picture although he was miles ahead of me.

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Interview with Annette Jimerson – Artist in the United States

Annette Jimerson Annette Jimerson is an artist from San Jacinto, California. She was identified at a very young age as a talented artist, securing a scholarship, and was encouraged by her mother to develop her skills. Annette’s art is inspired by the world, the people and all life within it. Connect with Annette through her website or email her at annettejimerson [at] gmail [dot] com, for more information and to purchase her art. You can also view her art at Artwanted.com, Society 6, and at A Princess Store.

You can view Annette’s Art Portfolio or see her work after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey as an artist.

Annette Jimerson: I come from a very talented artist my mom “Jessie Lee Jimerson” who had one of her paintings that sold to the Chicago Museum, at an early age. She was born 1927, I would love to find some of her work.

As for my journey, one day while with my mom at an art store, I was looking through a “How to Draw Portraits Book” in 1974, and asked for her to buy me some pencils and a sketch pad. Every piece that I drew was very expressive, professional, and it looked as if I had been here before as a artist, some of these drawings I still have and are available for viewing on my website.
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Interview with Ashish Soni – Artist in India

Ashish SoniAshish Soni is a self taught pencil sketch artist from India. He strives to make his sketches realistic, life like and natural. You can connect with Ashish on Facebook to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

View Ashish’s art portfolio. You can also view his art after the interview below.



ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey as an artist.

I live in a small town Durg near Raipur, capital of Chattisgarh. I have always been good at learning new things and I take it as a challenge to become good in any field. After learning guitar, I was looking for something different yet artistic which would allow me to capture my views in a different manner than music. I used to draw cartoons (Ducktales, Spiderman, Batman, Mogli, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck etc) when I was a kid and also did a lot of ‘Rangoli’ during Diwali time. My craziest work was the Scenes of Jurassic Park (When Dinosour breaks the Fencing) sketching out on paper when I saw the Movie. When I saw pencil sketches online two-three years ago, I got inspired to try my hands at it. I started by downloading a few e-books on sketching and learning from them, I got an idea but not that much help. Soon I realized I had a good eye for lighting, angle, shades, detailing etc. that helped me capture real essence in pictures. Now a days I strive to make my sketches as close to reality as possible. All my sketches have a life and they are realistic.

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