New technics for improved creativity of arts---By Hope Orivri

LEARNING new technics for doing his cartoons has taught cartoonist, Jimoh Ganiyu (also known as JIMGA) better ways of adding commercial value to his works. All thanks to the recently concluded art entrepreneurship workshop, organised for students of the creative arts department at the University of Lagos.

Before the workshop, Ganiyu did his regular cartoons with the hope of just getting some kind of publicity for them in daily newspapers. But Ganiyu may just have started thinking beyond just passion for creativity.
Speaking with Ganiyu in the course of the workshop, he said he had learned how to do his artworks in many forms than he had known before. “This workshop has given me the opportunity to actually express myself in other forms. Participating in the ‘reposee’ section has made it possible for me to learn a lot of new things. I had never worked with that medium before, because it is not like other popular media of painting, ceramics and sculpting,” he said.
Of course, there might have been some difficulties integrating an innovation into an existing pattern of doing things, and Ganiyu accepted that he was not an exception. “This is not only new, it is quite challenging, but I was able to merge where I was coming from with what I have learned. This is a technic, where you can express your artistry through metal foil, and I had never known of it before until the time of this workshop.”

A look at Ganiyu’s new works using his newly acquired technic of working with metal foil shows that there is value added, as the artwork can now be felt alongside seeing it. It has given a stronger visual strength to his cartoon work.

Experimenting with the new technic he learned, Ganiyu tells the story of royalty through dance. He is able to showcase the kind of dance depicting royalty, by Benin women. He has also made good use of his space, ensuring purposefulness as icons of royalty dot the available areas.

Making a social commentary with one of his works, Ganiyu has condemned the post-election violence. Through this piece of art, he has shown the reality of the new meaning being given to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. He has shown the terror and violence against innocent youths who were supposed to be rendering service to the nation, but ended up being victims. The artist has spoken so much with his art.

Even as Ganiyu loves to address issues of concern to society with his cartoons, so has his consciousness for commercial sense been awakened, following this workshop for art entrepreneurship. This is so that he can sustain the creativity of his art when he gets out of school. “I now think differently with regards to how lucrative doing cartoons could be. I appreciate the fact that the workshop has taught me how to establish a viable business with my arts.”

For Ganiyu and other students of arts, who took part in this training, it was like a life-line for continuity in a sustainable sense.

Posted at 16/05/2011 05:44 AM | Updated at 16/05/2011 05:44 AM


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