Art inspires art! Emmanuel’s project is a series of beautifully illustrated digital portraits. His subjects mostly consist of artists he draws his inspiration from. He has a unique style combining vector, sketched line art and balanced tones.
His exclusive piece is of a music artist, professionally known as J-Cole, which he is a big fan of. Emmanuel often plays the rapper’s music while constructing his illustrations; he draws a lot of his inspiration from J.Cole’s music as it has a high influence on his work and thinking process.
He begins by constructing a blueprint, which generally ends up being the illustration’s framework. From there, he adds colour and additional lines using both his mouse and Wacom drawing tablet. J.Cole’s music always helps him get into his creative rhythm. He says he tends to forget to keep track of hours, but it generally takes him two to three days, sometimes a week (depending on the complexity) to complete an illustration.
ARTIST: Emmanuel Mdlalose AKA Cumilous Cloud
CITY: Johannesburg, South Africa