Ngabo D.Cesar, also known as El’Cesart, is a 25-year-old visual artist from Rwanda who creates artwork celebrating Black people, culture and afrofuturism. Influenced by artists like Alexis Franklin, Aykut Aydogdu and Sam Sprat, El’Ceasrt enjoys creating a range of artwork featuring anyone from musical artists to film stars. .
Above, Cover #8 in progress.
The Philippines-based artist relies on his emotions, whether positive or negative, to create his work and aims to relay those feelings to the viewer. The skilled artist takes inspiration from the world around him, including artists like Kadir Nelson, Harmonia, and Chuck Styles who inspires his way of thinking, his work ethic, and how he communicates through his art. His exploration of pop culture is usually visuallly illustrated through his use of intriguing globe of bold colors, textures and prints in his work. To learn more about El’Cesart, please visit www.elcesart.com.
Q&A WITH EL'CESART
1) How did you approach the cover art for each episode?
I watched the episodes and extracted the moments that stood out most to me. I created each cover art with the goal of teasing what’s to come without revealing any spoilers.
2) Which episode were you the most excited to create cover art for?
It’s between Episode 2 and Episode 8. I enjoyed working on both of those pieces and created two covers for Episode 8. Hopefully, they both get to see the light of day.
3) What was your favorite part about working on this project?
The teamwork. Everyone involved was wonderful and played their roles like the professionals they are. It was a wonderful journey and experience.
4) What is your favorite Lovecraft Country episode?
It’s hard to choose, but I’d say Episode 7. I loved the afrofuturism aspect of the episode and the message it carried about Black women empowerment.
5) When did you first realize you wanted to become an artist?
I used to draw a lot when I was a kid and grew up being called the “artist of the family” before I even knew what the word “artist” meant. I’ve felt like one since I was a kid, and I’ve never thought of doing another career outside of art.
6) What draws you to illustration more than other art styles?
I used to paint with acrylics, oils, and watercolors. I would love to get back to it, but my current setting doesn't allow me to. That’s why I’m more into illustration and digital painting for now. When I get a chance, I want to push my boundaries and try other art styles.