Nigerian Hyper realistic artist Chiamonwu Joy’s charcoal drawings blew me away! The intricate detail in her work is really spectacular. It takes months for Joy to craft this high standard of work, even viewers of her work have compared it to a black and white photograph. At just 22 years old, Joy’s work is beyond her years, pursuing art when she had no art teachers in her school. It’s so exciting to see African art is starting to be shared more globally across the world, as it rarely shown in the media as often.
Joy’s work is really inspiring, I brought a charcoal pencil and started sketching again. Charcoal pencils allow you to create tiny markings compared to the chunky heads of the other charcoals. Hopefully with a bit more practice, my control of using charcoal pencils may improve. Yes indeed, Joy’s work definitely will encourage everyone to start drawing again.