Artist feature - Pappy Onwuagbu Sep 01 2016

Meet the artists

At Advocate we find nothing more exciting than discovering new talent, and Pappy Onwuagbu is no exception! Pappy brings a lot to the table with his broad selection of styles, great character development and ability to master realism and cartoon styles. We think his work would be suite for 5 years to young adult and older and real styles. If you're interested in seeing more of his diverse range of work, visit his Advocate portfolio.

"Hi, my name is Pappy Onwuagbu and I’m a Cameroonian born, Nigerian Digital artist. I was born in Yaounde, Cameroon where I grew up in Cameroon, Nigeria, and in South Africa. I now live in George, in the Western Cape in South Africa.

When I was young, my brother used to be a really good artist, watching him draw, as well as watching cartoons, really influenced me to pick up a pencil and start drawing, and that was the beginning of my artistic journey. I am self taught as a 2D artist but I had official training as a 3D artist.

What drives me to create? I have a need to create, I have to make something and the best way I know how is through art and what drives inspires me. I find inspiration in so many things; these can be from experiences as little as watching a child smile, to funny stories, puns, seeing other art influences like cartoons, other artist’s work…the list is really endless.

My work is very diverse, for the reason being that the clients I’ve worked with request various art styles per project so it’s up to me to deliver their vision. This diversity is easily achievable with digital mediums such a Photoshop. I listen to a wide variety of music so, while I work, I’ll put on an appropriate piece of music that is the musical equivalent of what I’m working on…so If I need to paint an adventure scene, I’ll put on some adventure themed music. This enables me to understand the mood of the art work I’ll be creating.

People sometimes ask me about my art career, to which I reply, “art is not just what I do, art is who I am”. Meaning to say that art is almost inseparable from who I am. I’ve been lucky enough to have been published in Udon Comic’s, Megaman Tribute art book and in Ballistic Publishing’s Expose 8 and 9, I’ve also worked on published games like Soccer Moves, TV adverts and animated films such as Jock of the Bushveld.

When I’m not busy doing anything visual art related, I play the guitar, or play around with making music digitally. If ever I’m not busy creating, I’m either watching TV: documentaries, cartoons, movies or just simply being a human, you know, doing what most people do in their spare time. I live 10 minutes away from the beach and majestic mountains so do get out to take a good gander at nature."