Nhlakanipho Mkhize’s ability to capture the emotions of well-known people from photographs has already helped him nab renowned DJ Black Coffee as a customer.
“It was one of the highlights of my career after he bought the portrait for R10000,” he said.
The 28-year-old Durban artist said he had been drawing since he was nine, after he realised his emotional response to people’s expressions in photographs.
“I was raised by my grandmother because I was an orphan. I was an introvert so I would always be in the house drawing. I liked it and stayed with it.”
Mkhize studied architecture at the Durban University of Technology to have a sustainable career, but his passion lies in hyper-realism art.
This is when an artist is able to draw or sketch art that is identical in detail to high-resolution photographs.
He has garnered much attention from people on social media after he started posting drawings of celebrities such