“Society has forced the female gender to remain silent after assault. I created Woman of 2020 for women fighting for their lives globally.”
- Samii Dre
Artist (Samii Dre): https://www.tiktok.com/@samii_dre
Samii on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samiidre_art/
Photographer (JUBRIL | JB): https://www.instagram.com/jbshotit/
Model (Rhiyha): https://www.instagram.com/rhiy.ha/
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Samii Dre began drawing with a 2B pencil and ball point pen. With some guidance from his Uncle, Samii taught himself with no formal art education.
Over time he sought out artists on social media to learn their tricks and tips. What he learned was that he needed larger paper to create the detail they captured. Unfortunately, the necessary items were not available in Nigeria.
Soft pencils stretch the shading from light to dark in fine art. Tortillons blend and gelly roll pens make art pop. Over time, he never gave up hope of obtaining these items, but he felt they were out of reach.
Samii Dre wanted to stay away from the scamming role so many Nigerians are forced into, so he started drawing. He wanted to make money properly from his hard work.
Even though people would request art and never pay, Samii still kept drawing. It was discouraging, but he wanted to show the world that he was capable of succeeding without scamming.
One day he stopped drawing though. He had made friends with and American artist (Amanda Parker) who noticed his skill and gave him light art instruction on the side of his regular drawings. She noticed when he stopped and asked why. When he mentioned needing better supplies, she sent him $40 and said, "get the items on my list."
So, he went on a walk, got on a bus, travelled four hours to the city, visited two art stores, walked several miles, and the supplies were not available. He was able to get a kneaded eraser, but no shading pencils and no large (A2) paper.
In tears, exhausted and sun burnt, he contacted Amanda as there was no way to get the items. She tried twice to send the items in the mail and they were lost or stolen every time.
So, what could Samii do? He tried praying, but that wasn't enough. Everyone knew he needed supplies, but there was no way for anyone to help him obtain them.
The one day a miracle happened.Samii Dre found a friend of a friend travelling from the USA to Nigeria. Maybe the prayers were working.
He was able to carry large paper, Prismacolor Pencils, and Derwent Pencils to Samii. Amanda was giving him light art lessons on YouTube before that, and he wasn't the type to ask for money or supplies, but when he stopped drawing it became clear he needed them. His job molding windows wasn't paying enough to provide for him, let alone buy art supplies.
After that Samii Dre soared artistically, and he even sent Amanda her very own drawing as a thank you for guidance. The person travelling between the countries was a stranger to both, but he built a bridge between the US and Nigeria.
Samii Dre strives to make every artwork very special, but his true skill developed when he created "Woman of 2020." During his drawing process he started creating tiny marks on the face, a design that is truly unique and his own. He continues to evolve his artwork to this day and constantly explores new ways to develop his craft.