Em Jay rolls pencil drawing into full time job

A Ntchisi based visual artist, Gerald Prosper who goes by his artistic name  ‘Em Jay’ has rolled out pencil art drawing into a self-employed full time job that is helping him earn money.

Speaking in an interview with Mana, Em Jay said his artistic dream was developed from his primary days when he vowed to his turn of establishing Pencil Arts drawing company in Malawi into reality.

He disclosed that his career journey wasn’t easy to get to where he is today saying in the early day of his career he find it difficult to draw an exact face that would resemble a face of a human being.

But with effort, he proudly said he mastered pencil drawings with faces similar to the real person.

Em Jay rolls pencil drawing into full time job
Em Jay: the journey wasn’t easy

“I got inspired by someone from Kasungu, after seeing his work posted on his face book page, I started putting some extra effort on my work, till I reached the level that I am today as customers constantly press orders,” Em Jay said.

The visual artist added that he envisions owning a personal Pencil drawing Arts company in the future that would help to create employment opportunities to young people hence reducing unemployment levels in Malawi.

Em Jay disclosed that he is teaching other youths to venture into pencil art career through online lessons.

He added that currently 10 art drawer beginners have registered with him.

Em Jay rolls pencil drawing into full time job
Some of Em Jay pencil work.

Andrea Thonyiwa popularly known as ‘Mr Jokes’ acknowledged the young man’s talent saying he got impressed with his drawing the time when he came across Onesimus picture that was also done by him which looked exactly like the original person.

“This is remarkable and incomparable, the guy needs our support to enhance his talents, in Malawi we have a lot of talented young people but they lack our support,” Thonyiwa explained.

 It takes a maximum of 12 hours for Josiah to finish a tremendous pencil Art drawing which goes at different price list and frames with prices varying from K10, 000 to K50,000 or more depending on the portrait, according to the art drawer.

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