Meet a Maker - Josephine McYebuah

Meet a Maker - Josephine McYebuah

We've had Josephine McYebuah in painting for our Leeds canvas project. We caught up with her via email to find out a little bit more about her.

Tell us about what you have created for our canvas project?

I painted an excited cat crunching up a can.

Which materials did you use and why?

I used acrylics paints and liquid markers because they’re flexible to use on canvas and it's nice to hand-paint my artwork as I often use photoshop to colour my drawings.

Where do you make most of your work?

I make most of my work in a self-made art studio based in my home.

What are your favourite creative tools?

Fineliner pens, they are easier for me to create solid line drawing with.

Who are your biggest creative influences?

My life experiences, family and friends are my biggest creative influences. I am also influenced by good music, African art, Asian art, graffiti, surrealism, watching cartoons and reading comic books and the bible.


If you could only use one material in your work, what would it be and why?

I’ll go with black acrylic paint because it’s very versatile and quick to dry. Give it a good mix with water and that's it.

What was the best exhibition or art event you went to last year?

Throw-Up Exhibition at Sunnybank Mills. There were a lot of awesome murals painted by Carrotboy and other talented artists around Leeds which I was luckily invited to participate in, giving me the opportunity to create my first large mural work.

If you had a tip for artists starting out, what would it be?

Be confident with your work whiles practising to get better. Build a good process of working and be very organised. Learn from your mistakes too.

You can see more of Josephine's work, here.

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