A talented Nigerian artist has an incredible knack for hyper-realistic drawings. Word of his talent has made it all the way to the United States after his drawing of comedian Kevin Hart went viral. Using social media, the artist was able to snag Kevin’s attention and you won’t believe the celebrity’s response!
Bringing Art To Life
Eli Wuduba Yusef is based in Kaduna in north-central Nigeria. With just a pencil and paper, he’s able to draw incredibly realistic drawings of people. The young artist has been honing his craft for quite some time.
Eli took the time to draw his favorite comedian, Kevin Hart himself. The artist then shared the final product on Twitter, hoping to catch Kevin’s attention. Little did he know that his work would soon go viral and get his career off to an amazing start!
An Unbelievable Response
Tens of thousands of people retweeted and liked Eli’s amazing portrait. Eventually, it made its way to Kevin, and he was absolutely stunned. “Talent out of this world… Wooooooooow,” the comedian tweeted.
Not only did Kevin retweet Eli’s work, but he also made plans to actually purchase the drawing and send some more clients his way! “I want to purchase it,” Kevin tweeted the artist, “I also want to support you and your amazing talent by giving you a fee to do a pencil drawing of 3 of my celebrity friends that I can gift it to. DM your info and let’s get to work!”
A Man Of His Word
Kevin stuck to his promise and bought the drawing, and commissioned Eli to do a few others. It’s definitely put more eyes on this young artist’s work, and he was overwhelmed by the response. “I hoped [Kevin] would see it and actually believed he would see it someday,” he said in an interview. “But I did not know it would happen so fast.”
Eli is one of many talented artists in Nigeria who are amazing hyperrealists and are getting global attention. Inspired by the work of fellow hyperrealist artist Arinze Stanley, Eli has drawn several other portraits before and after his online encounter with Kevin. Hopefully, this new attention gets him even more clients willing to pay for his work!