We had a chance to speak to Nigerian artist and illustrator Harry Dunkwu.
“My passion for creativity is innate. I studied Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the University of Benin, yet I decided to become a Digital Artist. I founded a startup Animation studio (Scroll Entertainment) in Lagos, where I work daily providing digital art content solutions for clients who want to tell their stories. I also conduct digital art & 2D animation trainings between.”
“Art for me is a portal to a world of unlimited possibilities for storytelling. I started out with creating comics and my business (then Scroll Comics) was shortlisted in 2014 as a top 50 Business in Nigeria by Etisalat. I finished the competition without winning the main prize money, but by taking part in the competition I Iearnt the shortfalls of doing the comic business in Nigeria. I went back to the drawing board and discovered a need for Animation in Nigeria, which I now specialize in today.”
“My life (past, present & future) inspires my art. I have found that an audience or group of followers get lost easily when they have little or no connection to the story in my art, hence why I have now become more inclined to creating locally inspired concept art. I also draw an immense inspiration from listening to good music across a variety of genres.”