Thursday 31 January 2013

Creativity extraordinaire; Astonishing pencil work portraits!

"Kelvin Okafur, 27, graduated from Middlesex University in fine art and is now making waves across the country.

His subjects include popular music artists Tinie Tempah, James Morrison and Adele.
He has also picked out tragic figures from actor Heath Ledger to the late King of Jordan, King Hussein - and with each, he tries to evoke an emotion in the viewer.
Finally, he has used friends and colleagues for the impressively accurate images, which look like soft focus digital photos.

Last year, the artist from Tottenham, north London, exhibited at numerous major art galleries and won a clutch of prestigious national awards for his remarkable work.
Each of his pieces takes around 80-100 hours to complete, over approximately three weeks in the studio.
Mr Okafor creates each piece only in black and white - using graphite pencils, charcoal, black coloured pencil and sometimes grey pastels.
Yet he believes that the range of tone, shade and texture is almost endless.
He draws on a combination of life and photographs, working on his art for up to 15 hours a day.
He admits he is 'passionate about precision'.
'I aspire to create art as vivid as eyes could see"

Kelvin Okafor

                                       Kelvin Okafor

View a couple of his genius like pencil sketch/images below

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Rated R: The London-based artist has now scooped national awards and is exhibiting across the country. Pictured, Rhianna


Mother Theresa

Invincible: The Middlesex University Fine Art graduate is gaining increasing recognition with images including this one of pop star Tinie Tempah

Beauty of life: Mr Okafor favours using a simple pencil because he it is 'humble' and allows a subject - such as James Morrison - to shine

Back to Black: Singer Amy Winehouse is shown staring wide-eyed into the distance in this emotive sketch

Kelvin says he wants his  drawings to prompt an emotional response, making viewers feel as though they are looking at a real live subject.
He describes the pencil as 'a humble instrument', but says this is part of its appeal.
'I’ve always been creative, but fell in love with using pencils in particular.  
'It amazed me, that with only one shade of lead, you can create so many tones and textures, and almost create the illusion of colour.
'It was only when my images started to create a buzz with other Middlesex University students that I realised their impact.'
He was selected as one of the top two pieces of work at Cork Street Gallery's Winter Show in 2012 and recently won the Catherine Petitgas Visitors’ Choice Prize, part of the National Open Art Competition.

His work is currently on display at the The Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair at the London Science Museum, until February 3.
Before starting a piece, Mr Okafor spends a few days analysing a photo, concentrating first on the subject’s eyes, which are central to his works' impact.  
His pieces are now selling for on average £8,000-£10,000, depending on the scale.
'The attention I’m receiving is surreal and hasn’t really sunk in yet,' he added. 
'I’m usually sheltered from it in my studio as I continue to build my portfolio, but I’m really humbled and honoured that so many people appreciate my work. 
'I hope to have my own gallery in the future.'

He has now had more than 50 commissions, and the dedicated artist cites his role models as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo - because they not only mastered the arts but branched out into other fields including engineering, poetry, science and maths.

You can also visit his blog Here!

Photo and Image Credits:Kelvin Okafor art*
Quotes and additional Photos courtesy Dailymail UK*

Stars at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards(AMVCAS) Nominee Announcement.

Lots of entertainment and showbiz personalities turned up for a recently held Africa magic viewers choice awards event..

More lovely pictures when you continue..

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Amy Childs Models dresses from her Spring/Summer collection

Glamour model,entrepreneur and former towie babe Amy Childs announced her new 2013 spring /summer collection recently and also was on hand to model some of her outfits.

From fitted gowns with leather details to hugging peplums,bodycon dresses and her trademark lace gowns are some of the stars of this new collection

Working it: This is now Amy's fourth range after launching her own label last year

Like a pro: The former TOWIE star posed up a storm as she showed off her 'Jemima' dress after changing three times during the Wednesday morning bash

Like a pro: The former TOWIE star posed up a storm as she showed off her 'Jemima' dress after changing three times during the Wednesday morning bash

Outfit number three: Amy also decided to show off another one of her favourite dresses from the spring/summer collection

Still going strong: She raised eyebrows when she announced her first range last year but is proving a success in the market

Modelling it herself: Amy Childs attends the launch of her FOURTH fashion collection, showing off some of the designs herself

Lovely in lace: Amy has incorporated a number of colours and designs into the frock collection, although all are figure hugging ensembles

Lady in red: She ensured guests at the launch got a full view of the types of dresses in the range as she walked out in outfit after outfit

The Paige Dress £65 The Naomi Dress £60 The Elisa Dress £75

The Pippa Dress £95 The Georgia Dress £65 The Lizzie Dress £65

The Harper Dress £65 The Jemima Dress £70

The dresses all really flatter the body.

Photo Credits: Dailymail/Amy official*

Beyonce Again!

Stressed out: Beyonce looked a far cry from her usual glamorous self in no make-up as she arrived to rehearse for her Super Bowl half time show in New Orleans earlier this week

Thigh high boots: Beyonce showed off her curvy figure in a sexy referee outfit in the latest promo photo for the Super Bowl

    hmmmmm not saying nuffin ...

Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2013 Nominee list!

The Nominees for the first ever Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards were announced recently during a special edition of lifestyle program studio 53. In Association with Multichoice and Amstel the AMVCA'S it set to reward excellence in African film and TV

Nominees List Below..

Man on Ground | Bubu Mazibuko
The Mirror Boy | Genevieve Nnaji
Otelo Burning | Nolwazi Shange
Maami | Funke Akindele
Perfect Picture | Jackie Appiah

The Return of Jenifa | Funke Akindele
Clinic Matters | Lilian Esoro
Dumebi the Dirty Girl | Mercy Johnson

Jacob’s Cross | Fabian Adeoye Lojede
Two Brides and a Baby | O.C Ukeje
Down & Out | Kenneth Uphopho
The Mirror Boy | Edward Kagutuzi
Otelo Burning | Jafta Mamabolo

Man on Ground Fabian Adeoye Lojede
The Mirror Boy Osita Iheme
Otelo Burning Thomas Gumede
A Good Catholic Girl Matthew Nabwiso
Two Brides and a Baby Kalu Ikeagwu

House a Part | Hafiz Oyetoro
Glorious Journey | Kunle Bamtefa
The Bovi Ugboma Show | Bovi Ugboma
Clinic Matters | Francis Odega
Wanna Be | Ikhide Isaac

Man on Ground | Thishiwe Ziqubu
Otelo Burning | Harriet Manamela
Akun | Regina Chukwu
Old Cargo Young Blood | Taiwo Atigogo
Lies that Bind | Maureen Koech

More when you continue..

Chika Ike and Yul Edochie for House of Maliq

Nollywood stars Yul Edochie and Chika Ike, recently covered house of Maliq magazine latest issue..

Yul Edochie House of Maliq

Chika Ike house of Maliq Magazine

More shots below..


Tuesday 29 January 2013

Best Way to watch a Nigerian Soccer Match..

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Victoria Beckham's stunning Elle UK Cover..

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#Nosmilesstill lol..

Lynxxx and Oge Okoye's Red Sheet Magazine Covers..

Whew!!!Lynxxx!..*Fans self* Hotness!!

Lynxxx is a Nigerian Music Artiste and Oge Okoye is a Nollywood Actress..

Toke Makinwa bares all on rubbing minds interview..

Nigerian OAP Toke Makinwa bares all in her "Sit down" with Ebuka Obi Uchendu on Channels TV's Rubbing minds..  Enjoy!

Monday 28 January 2013

Jordin Sparks "sparkingly"gorgeous

Showing off her bum: Jordin posed strategically for the cameras

Gorgeous singer Jordin Sparks was photographed at the screen actor's guild Awards held last night looking absolutely gorgeous!!

Largely underrated in the music scene in my opinion..Jordin has been able to successfully keep the weight at bay and is looking every inch beautiful and stunning.Hopefully she can get more music hits and successes.

 Showing off her bum: Jordin posed strategically for the cameras

Bold dress: Jordin Sparks arrived at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles Sunday wearing a purple halter dress

Enjoy one of my favourite hits from Jordin... Do have a fantastic week ahead..Cheers..

Photo Credit:Dailymail UK*