Artist’s dream is to teach others

2017-08-09 06:03

A SELF-TAUGHT artist from Elandskop, Mthobisi Gwamanda says his wish is to one day have his artwork displayed in a private studio, which would double as a classroom where he can teach people how to draw.

“Children from my area sometimes ask me to teach them how to draw,” says Gwamanda.

“In my area drug use is prevalent, and I always wish local artists would get together and do something to address this.”

The 23-year-old says he fell in love with drawing at a young age when he sketched cartoons.

When he was in Grade 8 his school friends would ask him to draw their portraits.

Gwamanda says he then started entering competitions, some of which were organised by himself and others in his area who shared his passion.

“I wanted to study art at school, but the schools I attended did not have art as a subject.

“I wanted to study art after matric, but due to finances this was not to be,” he said.

Gwamanda says he draws inspiration during his “alone time” and usually does landscapes and portraits using pencil, ballpoint pens, pencil crayons and paint, which he says he had little knowledge of as he only recently started using them. He says he once took a picture of the KZN parliament building with his cell phone from different angles and later drew the building.

Gwamanda says people pay him to do portraits of them, especially newlyweds.

“I hope one day my art will support my family financially,” he said.

Gwamanda says his art keeps him busy, away from drugs and alcohol and he loves it some much he sacrifices buying fashionable items just to buy paper and crayons.

To see more of his work, visit his Facebook page KwaM.N.G. Art.

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