So, its official. We’ve come to the end of the very first #FarabaleArtBeat Challenge. The winner announced on Saturday is Okechukwu Chukwudifu, an artist and designer based in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja.
His artwork, a bad-ass looking femme fatale wielding a shiny machete with some creepy-looking zombies lurking behind her, scored an overall 58% in the combined fans and judges voting, just narrowly slipping past two top fan favorites, Anwurumibe Dubby and Elnaethan Clifford. See all 30 finalists art here.
Speaking with FarabaleWeekly after the announcement, Okechukwu who goes by the pen name ‘Fumar Mota’ (He refuses to tell anyone what it means), had this to say:
How did you feel about emerging as as the eventual winner:
I felt great. I was in some sort of shock when I heard I won. I really wasn’t sure what to do next.
What were your expectations when submitting your artwork?
I just thought it would be nice to win something if anything the opportunity was the shot of adrenaline I needed to pick up a pencil/tablet and draw something.
When the 30 finalists were posted, did you think your art stood a chance of beating the rest for the prize money?
There were a couple of other artists I thought were strong contenders but I was pretty confident mine had a shot at winning.
What kind of art is your specialty?
Digital art. I’ve tried painting on canvas and stuff but once you go photoshop you’ll (probably) never go back.
How did you promote your artwork during the competition?
I tried to keep it low key soliciting votes through my whatsapp groups and my Facebook contacts it looked like i was doing ok at first but soon enough my numbers were left behind in a trail of dust. My entire family got on board, from my dad to my siblings to my cousins and also a few friends. We pretty much started kicking down doors, pulling fingernails and busting skulls for votes. No one was safe.
What are you going to do with your 100k prize money?
One word. PlayStation 4 Pro. Okay thats 3 words.