All children are born artists, its up to them to take it up or let the talent to die out.’ These are words from Hannan, a self taught artist and graphics designer. He mastered and grabbed it by the horns and we have seen him earn among other several achievements from his craft.
Taking a stroll on the virtual streets of the internet is how I landed on this finalist from the Collage of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University who tells me that he took the talent and taught himself. He says he used to draw sketches even inside the wombs of his mother and the passion only got bigger as he continued to grow.
“Art runs in my blood and I used to help out fellow students with their assignments in high school.” Hannan says that he got his first laptop in the senior six vacation and this is where his drive to self taught graphics designing erupted from.
“I learnt different skills in photo shop, in-design, coral draw and all other design programs both from skilled professionals and YouTube tutorials. It was a nice experience learning all these programs since I loved art and had the talent.”
Hannan adds on that clients started flowing in. He recalls his first project which caused an uproar in his client base.
“My first professional project was with Tavern Woods Kubusu – Comedy night with Mariachi. Life was not the same there after. The client base has since then continued to grow.” When asked about some of the achievements, this is what Hannan had to say;
“I have achieved a lot from this. Apart from a luxurious life style, It has introduced me to new friends in and out of campus. I have met potential personnel in the country because I work for different companies. I have helped friends financially and training fresh talent. You do know how that feels.
Like any other business, Hannan has also met challenges in his venture. He says it is challenging to push the graphics content on social media platforms. “I get a number of idle people calling in and texting for nothing but to waste time. Sometimes they just want to know who this designer is. It is also challenging to work on a project and they never appreciate or pay for the work yet I spend a whole day on the computer. This is exhausting and brings back pains.