What do you do?
Everyday I work on Blocknation. I have been able to work on some great projects with clients like 47′, Grantland, ESPN, Reebok, NewBalance and Sports Illustrated. Most of my artwork is sports related because I love sports and I am inspired by athletes and their larger-than-life personalities. The imagery I create is iconic, bright and in an exaggerated style. Currently I have been adding details like African patterns that relate to my Nigerian heritage to my work.
I am also submerged in the world of comic book art. Like sports, comic books has been a huge part of my interests as far back as I can remember. I like to showcase my comic book illustrations at the annual Rhode Island and Boston Comic Cons.
What does your work space look like? Where do you like to create?
I have my own studio in my apartment where I do all of my work from. I like to shut myself in there and listen to music. It is how I work best. If I had to describe the space it would be organized chaos. I always have sketches scattered around on the floor and desk which are surrounded by collectable toys, sneakers, books and anything else that inspires me.
What role does the pencil play in your process?
Everything starts as a sketch. EVERY SINGLE THING.
Why do you choose to work with pencils and, specifically, Blackwings?
I really like to use Blackwings because I like the quality of the lead. Sometimes I can be a little heavy handed and it stands up to my abuse. It also will last way longer than any of the other pencils I have had in the past.
What other tools are essential to your process?
After I sketch out my idea I scan it into the computer and color it up on there. I have a light table that I will use if I need to work something out over my sketch.
How do you overcome ______ block? Writer’s block, artist’s block, etc.
When I get artist’s block I just keep working. I will experiment with an idea that might not seem great and see where it goes. I try not to call it “artist’s block” because I just want to ignore the feeling and try to get past it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You can’t play checkers when people out here are playing chess.