By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
A cartoonist and digital painter, Mr. Armstrong Osas, has revealed that 95% of the profit he makes off his skill is from Instagram.
Osas made this known in an interview with NPOReports.
The Computer Science graduate of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, had recently delivered a painting to former Big Brother Naija housemate, BrightO while still seeking to deliver another one to the first runner up, Dorathy Bachor.
He stated that he doesn't look up to anybody in his field for inspiration.
"I draw inspiration from anywhere possible. The main mentor I had blocked me on social media because of how inquisitive I was.
"So, since then I've been drawing inspiration from anywhere I can without even telling them," he said.
Explaining how his foray into graphics design began, he said, "it was during my IT days as a computer science intern. I enrolled to learn web design but my prime goal was graphics design, majorly cartooning.
"It was a large struggle especially seeing that the branch of computer science I was involved in wasn't what I had a flair for, so after class I would spend my whole day watching tutorials and practising first with photo manipulation then to cartooning.
"But, yes you can say I am self taught!"
According to him, he has been able to attract the attention of a lot of celebrities with his work.
"I have gotten the attention of a lot of them (celebrities).
"From Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde to Chioma Chukwuka to Psquare to many big brother celebrities. The list is endless," Osas boasted.
Speaking on how he has stayed motivated, he said: "The fact is that I just don't want to remain average.
"Somehow I like being popular. I've held many positions in my university days that made me popular and I feel this is one way I can stand out and pass my message across through art and illustrations."
Talking about the power the social media wields, he opined that it's the biggest innovation in recent times, adding that a larger bulk of his profit is generated through Instagram.
"I think it's (social media) the biggest innovation of this age.
"Yes, the social media gave me all the audience I have now.
"From Instagram to Facebook to youtube.
"I get to meet a lot of people, celebrities and 95% of the profit I make off my skill is from Instagram," he explained.
Speaking on his future plans, he said: "I want to go into 3D design fully and I want this skill to be what takes me to places that only people of dilligence go.
"Because I've put in the work and I feel I deserve to expect the returns of hard work from it."
He advised the youths to keep working and be exceptional for "every other thing to fall in place."