We were fortunate enough to talk ish with a true artist and we not talking about a rapper either but a real artist…Manasseh Johnson!!! We actually came across Manasseh’s art on instagram and fell in love instantly with it. It was almost unbelievable how a drawing could look so much like the actual portrait. And yes people he actually, hand drew of the pictures you see including this self portrait of himself. Oh yes that’s a self portrait drawn by Manasseh himself. Let’s get to know Manasseh.
3 Voices: First off, we would like to just acknowledge the fact you have some really amazing art work. When did you first realize that you could be an artist? How long have you been drawing?
Manasseh: Thank you! Well I always knew I could draw well but it wasn’t until about 8 yrs ago that I could really be a working artist. My mother said she first recognized my talent at the age of three. She said I drew a pic of a city skyline.
3 Voices: What was the most challenging piece of art you drew?
Manasseh: To be honest there isn’t a piece I can say was really challenging . Drawing is a really enjoyable, relaxing experience for me.I would say the challenging part is making myself slow down and not rush to get the piece finished.
3 Voices: Who are some of your artistic heroes? What is your favorite work of art?
Manasseh:Wow, there are so many artists I look up to but to just name a few would be Kadir Nelson, Sebastian Kruger, Paul Cadden, Frank Morrison.
Manasseh: There a few celebrities that have seen the pics I drew of them: Trey Songz, ShayJohnson from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Trina, Brooke Bailey, and Meagan Good. Of those few Shay Johnson and Trina asked for their portraits to be drawn.
3 Voices: Which one of your pieces of artwork do you consider to be your favorite and why?
Manasseh:My favorite piece is the Adrian Peterson because I was really pleased how the reflection turned out on the helmet plus and its my first published piece.
3 Voices: Since you specialize in portraits, how long does it usually take for you to draw a portrait?
Manasseh: It can take anywhere from 5- 25hrs depending on the amount of detail and the size.