High Artist Spotlight: Peter Isedeh

Peter Ngozi Isedeh, is a self-taught freelance digital artist from Nigeria.  He mostly e making art with cultural and fantasy themes that are story-driving. He takes a lot of inspiration from cultures, folklore, and traditions across Africa for my art pieces. 

He always likes to create a sense of awe and wonder in his art, like a dreamy fantastical world you can get lost within.  For the most part, he works in digital format but sometimes s traditionally with a sketchpad and pencil when he just wants to relax and doodle and get ideas down quickly. 

When he gets an idea for a piece first thing he does is to create a mood board which is pretty much common practice, a bunch of references for outfits, environments, anatomy, etc and he always has music on Tailored to the type of art he is working on, you know like an epic soundtrack playlist for an illustration about an epic battle, it sort of puts him in the zone. In summary, love to create art that resonates with people.
We recently caught up with Peter after High Art 2023 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?
Music, movies

Why do you do what you do?
Art gives me inner peace, it puts my mind in a zen-like mode.

What art/artist do you most identify with?
Fantasy art

What themes do you pursue the most?
Fantastical themes

What role does an artist have in society?
It sparks and inspires creativity

What is your artistic outlook on life?
Live, love laugh.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be patient with yourself

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.
Olafur Arnalds, Bonobo-Loom, Hans Zimmer - Time

What's the best thing about being an artist?
Ability to bring your imaginations to life.

What is your dream project?
Work on a major IP about African fantasy stories.