Exclusive: Mzansi artist shares how he uses art as a voice for animals

Exclusive: Mzansi artist shares how he uses art as a voice for animals

- A young wildlife lover and esteemed artist has shared with Briefly.co.za how he found himself doing amazing wildlife artwork

- In the exclusive interview, Ricky Dampers explained how at only 8-years-old he had started developing a love for drawing

- Soon Ricky's natural talent met with his love for wildlife and pictures of the weird and wonderful wild animals were born

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Ricky Dampers is a young South African man who was born with a rare and beautiful talent, which he has decided to use to help the animals of the wild - who all hold a special place in his heart.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Briefly.co.za, Ricky explains how he discovered his ability to draw beautifully at the tender age of eight-years-old. Not long thereafter he realised that he was very passionate about wildlife conservation - and so he started drawing pictures of his favourite wildlife animals.

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"At the age of 8-years-old I started with my drawings. My first drawings were cartoons, but my love for wildlife is huge, so I decided to teach myself how to draw animals like lions wild dogs, and leopards," says Ricky.

While Ricky's drawings were very good, he aspired to be even better, pushing himself and his skills to reach new levels of artistic by incorporating charcoal in his craft - which he explains was completely self-taught.

Ricky Dampers draws beautiful wildlife artwork
Ricky hopes his drawings can help protect wildlife. Source: Provided
Source: UGC

"I was pretty young, but soon it appeared that I had the right quality to grow and to make the drawings more beautiful. Sometimes children inherit certain qualities from their parents, but in my case, I taught myself everything," explains the talented young man.

Soon the conservationist inside him yearned to make a difference in wildlife and protecting the places these animals lived in, and he found himself becoming determined to showcase art that would explain his feeling towards animal cruelty.

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"At an earlier age, I felt bad when I saw animal cruelty. This stimulated me to depict and draw the beauty of wildlife. Now I draw animals to show the world my deep-rooted appreciation towards wildlife."

In similar heartwarming Briefly.co.za news, Xolani Shezi is a 33-year-old KwaZulu-Natal poet with enough ambition to fuel a small business. Taking some time to speak to Briefly.co.za in an exclusive interview, Xolani got candid about his biggest achievements, setbacks, and hopes for the future.

Starting off, Xolani explains how he had grown up with his mom and granny, having never met his dad until he was on his deathbed. This is something that has left Xolani in many ways deeply scarred.

"My upbringing was not glamorous. I was always facing challenges on a daily basis. Raised by my late mother and late grandmother. My grandfather died before I was born and my father too went AWOL before I was born."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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