Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in rural Rwanda until the age of nine when my family relocated to Cape Town. I’m the youngest of four siblings and I’m currently in my second year studying for my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Western Cape. I also work part-time as a bartender.
How did you start making digital art?
My interest in art began with free-hand sketching, which I pursued for many years but felt that I hadn’t made the kind of progress I could be proud of. I found sketching challenging, which might have been one of the reasons I found it so appealing… or maybe it was a movie I’d seen in the past where there might have been a mention that girls like guys who can sketch.
I was introduced to digital art through BlackBerry mobile applications, namely PicMix and Photo Studio all the way back in 2011/12. I would use these ‘primitive’ applications to compulsively add filters, change contrast and continuously experiment with any and all the features available.
I didn’t start making decent digital art until I owned an Android smartphone. The app which I used and still use to this date is called PicsArt. It was a revolutionary addition to my then minute artistic artillery. With more features, I was able to combine images, download and install fonts, add stickers and all for the pursuit of a greater aesthetic appeal.
In 2017 after my phone got stolen I lost the app and some works of art that I hadn’t backed up – a blemish but it was not the demise of my artistic endeavours. As a countermeasure I finally got Photoshop and with no prior experience with the program, I once again began experimenting with filters, layers and masks. Something clicked, I guess I had found my niche.
What I loved most about creating via Photoshop was that it I did not need to premeditate. All I had to do was sit in front of my laptop and see how far my imagination could go – before it got to 4am! I realised there was so much that I was still oblivious to, so I began downloading and watching tutorials on how to use the program. This basically lead me to where I am today.