Hi! My name is Oscar Ukonu, I'm a self-taught ballpoint pen artist from Nigeria working under the genre of photorealism. I've been drawing my whole life but specifically doing Ballpoint pen Portrait drawings since2014. In each of my drawings, I focus on capturing in profound details, a personality on paper, a moment, and in its truest form, portray emotions that connect us all as humans irrespective of diversity of beliefs and culture.
I'm one always enthralled by the nature of the human face and its features; its complexities and how every personality represents a unique version of the human spirit, and this has been my greatest inspiration as an artist
Since 2014 when I started working with the ballpoint pen, my art has gradually garnered an amazing and inspiring fan base on different platforms of the internet; people ranging from art teachers to art students and generally art lovers.
People who have either wanted to commission a portrait of themselves or that of a loved one, purchase an art book with a collection of my best works, purchase a print or original copies of some of my artworks, watch tutorial videos, and other videos of showing my creative process. Having given this a thought for a long period of time, I came up with the idea of this project to embark and carry everyone along on a ten months art adventure where I'll be creating 20 ballpoint pen drawings for my first ever portrait series MOODS AND MOMENTS.
And at the end of this adventure, we will be publishing an artbook that will chronicle the creation of all the works from this series and the excitement in creating them all. This will help me finally put together something to share with everyone who has supported my art in these past few years. Because I spend approximately 120 hours on each of my drawings, this project has been designed in a way to enable me to produce one drawing from the MOODS AND MOMENTS series in every two weeks for 10 months. It will be of great joy to carry everybody along through this journey and finally in producing this artbook we all can be proud of
Mockup cover of the book. NOT the final cover.
What I'll love to give you with this artbook is not just a collection of my best works, but 20 exclusive drawings from the upcoming series MOODS AND MOMENTS designed to give you inspiration. In this series of portrait drawings, I’ll be focusing on subjects depicting the most powerful of human emotions in their truest and most natural form in portraying celebrations, indifference, sadness, raw anger, defeat and everything else in between that makes us who we are- humans.
MOODS AND MOMENTS – The Art Of Oscar Ukonu is a 55 page 12x10 inches hardcover book printed on heavyweight paper. The books will be printed by PRINT NINJA; a trusted printer with a lot of crowd funded project and art book printing experience. Inside this book, you'll find notes about my creative process, my experiences, my thoughts behind these artworks, and the development of my skill.
You will gain insight into where my work stems from and more of who I am as a photorealistic artist. There will be comprehensive tips and tutorials for fellow artists, showing walkthroughs and galleries of step by step development of some of my best drawings. After publishing MOODS AND MOMENTS, I'll be organizing an exposition where I'll be exhibiting all original drawings from this series in Lagos Nigeria, and if I get the opportunity, will also love to expose in the United States and the UK. This would be the first solo exhibition of my art career, and serve as the concrete end-product of this project.
My process is a practice in patience and endurance, and takes an average of 120 hours to complete a piece. But nevertheless, I have been able to plan this project through, setting timelines that will enable me to finish these drawings in ten months.
I've mapped out time to write, and publish this book, fulfill all commissions from the $450, $600, $700 and $1200 reward tiers. I've been able to prepare a well-detailed schedule to help see to the success of this project by mapping out adequate time to write and organize the different chapters of the book. I will self-publish the book and work with PRINT NINJA, and all the contents of the book will be ready and sent for printing on 1st of March 2017, after which I will then focus my whole energy in seeing that everyone who backed a reward tier with a book gets their own copy.
PLEDGE OPTIONS AND REWARDS
Below is a list of different reward tiers for everyone who will be backing this project. All contributions help immensely and all are hugely appreciated! checkout on the left corner of this page and PLEDGE with the tier that best suite you and JOIN this ADVENTURE
You may also use the following paypal links:
$5 Thank you email. Thank you very much for your support it is much appreciated.Choose this reward
$10 One comprehensive video tutorial+ One Downloadable timelapse video of me inking (from start to finish) an artwork from the MOODS AND MOMENTS series.Choose this reward
$15 ONE DIGITAL COPY OF THE ART BOOK + two downloadable time lapse videosChoose this reward
$20 ONE DIGITAL COPY OF THE ART BOOK! + Two downloadable video tutorialsChoose this reward
$45 ONE COPY OF THE PRINTED BOOK! + Two timelapse videos.Choose this reward
$70 (100 backers) All of the $50 tier + One 12x15 of my limited edition art print of one artwork from the MOODS AND MOMENTS series.Choose this reward
SPECIAL ONLY ON FREUDON:
$150 (100 backers only)
ONE SIGNED COPY OF THE PRINTED BOOK+ Two timelapse videos + Two 12x15 of my limited edition prints from the MOODS AND MOMENTS Series.Choose this reward
$250 (30 backers only)
One copy of the printed book + Two timelapse videos + Your name printed on the acknowledgement section of the book + Three 12x15 limited edition prints.Choose this reward
$450 (3 backers only)
A 10X12 DETAILED DRAWING OF YOU or anyone of your choice! +One signed copy of the printed book + Two timelapse videos + Two 12x15 of my limited edition printsChoose this reward
$600 (early birds - 2 backers only)
One 12x15 DETAILED COMMISSION DRAWING OF YOURSELF or anyone of your choice+ One signed copy of the printed book + Two timelapse videos + Two 12x15 limited edition printsChoose this reward
$700 (2 backers only)
One 12x15 DETAILED COMMISSION DRAWING OF YOURSELF or anyone of your choice + One signed copy of the printed book + Two downloadable timelapse videos of + Two 12x15 art printsChoose this reward
$1200 (1 backer only)
One DETAILED 16x20 DRAWING OF YOURSELF or anyone of your choice. One signed copy of the printed book + Two timelapse videos of two artworks from the MOODS AND MOMENTS series + Two 12x15 of my limited edition prints.Choose this reward
OTHER WAYS YOU COULD HELP
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In the early stages of my art career, my passion was generally in the visual arts, especially in the form of sculpture, photography, drawing, painting and in many forms of craft works. This and some other factors influenced me in going in to study architecture, graduating in 2014.
Immediately after graduation, I resumed active drawing, but this time with a ballpoint pen. During this period, I started becoming uncomfortable with the results I was getting working with the low-quality pencils that were at my disposal. As at then, affording enough of the best drawing materials that I needed to create photorealistic drawings was not in my reach, and this was when the ballpoint pens came to my rescue. At first, working with such a tricky tool was a challenge, but surprisingly, they happened to fit my style, and I was left with no other option than to make them friends.
Over the past two years, I have accepted a very few number of commissions, and mainly spend most of my time creating my own artworks. I'll love to bring this project to life in a series of portrait drawings that will enable me break my own barriers, develop my talent and career in a whole new dimension, and directly involving everyone who has supported my art to the level it is today; it is people like you I owe my career to.
Thank you for your support and considerations as you join me in making MOODS AND MOMENTS a reality.
Unfinished drawing of Adele