- Julie Wessels has produced a hauntingly photorealistic portrait of Mary Twala and shared it on Facebook
- She was inspired by Mary and drew her as a tribute to all South African entertainers who are making Mzansi proud
- She recognised the impact it has on people seeing local artists being showcased in international films and series
Julie Wessels took to the Facebook group #InStaying to share her breathtaking portrait of the late Mary Twala who was a legend in South African entertainment.
Julie used Mary as inspiration to pay tribute to her and all South African entertainers. She mentions in her post that she had been watching 'Kings Of Jo'Burg' on Netflix and realised that South Africa had come a long way.
She recognised the impact it has on her and other South Africans at seeing local actors being featured on international series and films.
Here is her full post:
"I recently started watching the local 'Kings Of Jo'Burg' TV Program on Netflix; it made me realize how far we have come as a country especially the acting/entertainment industry and how our stars & authenticity is being noticed internationally and growing by the day."
"From the get-go, it took me back to my childhood seeing South-African actors & actresses on TV, from local to international films and the impact it has on South-Africans, the hope it brings."
"The late Madam Mary Twala, was an icon and wish to pay tribute to her and her incredible work & impact."
"May we celebrate all South-African entertainers ❤ that's why #ImStaying"
Here are some reactions from Facebook users to her amazing artwork:
"I agree, we have lots of talented entertainers - proudly South African!!"
Philani Pilastoz Msomi:
"The series we producing for Netflix are world standard and it makes me proud to some. People I grew up with shared a desk at school with showcase their talents on the international stage"
"How on gods green earth are you doing it?"
"The detail is amazing. You have amazing talent."
Julie has created some amazing artwork which she displays on her Instagram page:
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a self-taught artist named Adeniji Adebayo has wowed online users with his artistic skills that managed to capture the likenesses of international celebs Wizkid and Rihanna - with just a ballpoint pen on paper.
Posting his artwork on Twitter, the young artist asked people to help retweet his work so that it could have a wider reach and help to bring him patronage.
Online users sent in their opinions and advice. Some advised him on his drawing technique and others congratulated him on his talent.
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