Kugali Spotlight: Etubi Onucheyo
K: Describe the reaction of your family and close friends when you told them you wish to pursue a career in art
EO: I always say that I am one of the luckiest artists out there. As far close friends and family go I never had any other thing but support.
K: That’s great to hear, especially coming from a Nigerian family
EO: Yeah I know
K: So what gave you the courage to pursue a career in art?
EO: That same support. Initially, I wanted to do a regular course like economics or something but my dad looked at my grades and said “come my boy, you can do economics too but from ya grades since nursery school you have excelled in arts do something that you can wake up and do without stress than something that would cause you stress “
K: Your father is a wise man
EO: Yes he is
K: Now that you’re professional there’s a certain level of quality your fans have come to expect. Has this changed your creative process?
EO: No not really, I have changed my process based on what I learn
K: Describe your favourite job or project and why?
EO: Mehn!! For now it’s Mumu Juju because I am free to bend it as I deem fit
K: Creative freedom at it’s best, describe your worst job or project and why?
EO: Wow. Takes me back, I don’t wanna go into details but I was doing designs for maybe $10 or less back then and this dude couldn’t pay for the final image. So I said when he was ready he would pay and get his image right? But no, this guy took the low res image I sent via WhatsApp and posted it all over his social media, printed CDs with the art on it and used it as the CD jacket as well while he hadn’t paid me.
K: That must have been irritating, to say the least.
EO: Lol I know
K: Describe your creative process from the point of inspiration to completing a piece?
EO: For inspiration it is highly random. I could just be sitting in hunger and wanting to someone to make a meal for me and BOOM!! Concepts or characters are born. But my constant stream of inspiration comes from all things animated, games, stories and all things drawn. I have no discrimination.
K: What do you think separates good art from great art?
EO: Practice, at some point practice makes everything you look easy
K: What can we expect from you in the future?
EO: First off new Mumu Juju then all a lot of series of illustrations
K: I’m looking forward to seeing what trouble Pestle and Mortar get into next. Kugali Laboratories has developed a time machine that can only go back five years into the past. You have 15 seconds to talk to your younger self, what would you say?
EO: Guy!!!! Leave all these things, draw my friend!!!!
K: What is your favourite Illustration or design and what artists do admire?
EO: Too many!!!! But right now, Dofus, it’s a French cartoon and it’s blowing my mind. Apart from that Black dynamite, Gumball, Mehn too many. As for the artists LeSean Thomas, Edwin Huang, Jeffrey Cruz, Loish and also my personal art friends Mohammed Agbadi, Harrison Tombra, Ifesinachi Adrian, Orjiekwe Bolaji Olaloye. I live anything these guys touch.
K: When you think of beautiful what is the first thing that comes to mind?
EO: Women!!! Lol but seriously in all my art, I have discovered to myself that there is nothing as beautiful as the female body and mind.
K: Thank you very much for your time we’re looking forward to more issues of Mumu Juju.