When you look at these pictures you could be forgiven for thinking they’re black and white photos taken on a digital camera. Such is the effect of Chiamonwu Ifeyinwa Joy’s hyperrealistic drawings.
The highly talented charcoal and graphite artist, 23, from Nigeria has stunned people with her drawings which have taken inspiration from her Igbo culture and the traditions that are part of it.
She tells Metro.co.uk how she creates her art. ‘I’ve been drawing since I was 7-years-old. I discovered at elementary school that I was passionate about art.’
She only began drawing professionally, however, three years ago. That was when I realised how good I was at art. ‘For a big artwork, it takes me about one month to complete. For a medium or small canvas, it can take up to two or three weeks. I decide who and what to draw by how much I am moved and fascinated by the subject or object. How much it speaks to me on a personal, spiritual and creative level. All my artworks tell a story.’
Although she didn’t study art, she now draws professionally and showcases her impressive works, also selling to clients. Under one image that she’s shared with her 25,300 followers on Instagram, she says: ‘This particular scarf is worn mostly by the Igbo women of West Africa as a form of decoration and to add some significant beauty to their native attire as they step out for some important events like traditional wedding ceremonies, burial ceremonies, The New Yam Festivals, religious ceremonies, child naming and etcetera’.