I’m Kagiso “Spil-boy” Mabusela, 25years of age born and raised in a small village in Limpopo (Mokopane) Rooival village. I am a self-taught visual artist. I’ve discovered my talent back in 2004 when I was doing grade 4 after I was given a task to sketch a South African Map on the chalk board. I continued drawing cartoons up until 2010 when I started learning how to portray realistic human portraits. Took a break from art in 2011 until 2013 when I completed my matric. After matric I started learning more about art on YouTube, then met guys like Sam “Redemption” Shaba and Themba Mkhangeli” on Facebook. Their work inspired me to do better as they were way brilliant compared to mine. Since then my art started improving . Each time I make a new portrait the standard and quality improves. I’m now at a point were I am at least 80% satisfied with my work. There is a level of satisfaction which I want to reach by end of this year. I’m doing art on my spare time since I’m currently studying.
I started doing music(hip hop) in 2009. I recorded my first song in Soweto (Tladi) at LT production where I was with Kevin bluez. In 2013 I met Fortunate “Mpk” maluleka from mokopane (Ext19) who was a music artist and a producer, we then started working together. I worked with local artists such as Nkosi DC , J-cute ,Eazy motion and lil tears ,they are all from Limpopo. In 2014 I moved to Pretoria Ga-rankuwa , where I met Reneilwe Tobi aka A’Dude called Reneilwe , Tokelo and André. We were all musicians and we formed a group called SumthingNyc ,we did almost every genre but our main focus was hip hop and acapella. 2016 November 18 I released my first EP , A’Dude called Reneilwe was the only 1 featured on the EP, the EP was produced by Tooly B, with the beats (instrumentals) produced by my Cousin Hector Mogolane (Rawsque Music) and some produced by me. At the later stage SumthingNyc signed a new member Nkosikhona ‘Tallbunz‘ Nkosi. I have been under management of Tshwane artist promotion by Dominic . 2017 until now I’m under the management of Bashitwa Film production. Performed with the likes of Lady Zamar, DJ mpako , DJ shimza, DJ Nesty nev etc.
What inspires you the most when you get to draw Random Portraits or any Drawing?
I’m inspired mostly by the quality of each portrait I make improving, the competition against my previous artworks. I’m always battling against the quality of the a portrait I made before .
What celebrity have you sketched and how was the response from that celebrity?
I have sketched Black Coffee , Kgothatso Iman Dithebe (a model) and Kgopotso Mmutlane (DJ Coach) founder of forex broker killer. Theyvwere amazed by my talent. Their response after seeing their portraits were very motivational and made me want to do more of the amazing work.
You Draw Such Amazing Realise Sketches… How is the response from the clients you do the Sketches of?
Everytime I deliver a portrait to a client, I receive almost the same response ” WOW, I don’t even know what to say. Is this really a sketch?” . I leave them amazed at all times.
What are your future plans in the Drawing industry?
I want my work to be showcased at the top Galleries in South Africa like Goodman gallery, Stevenson gallery etc. I also want to have my own Art Studio/art gallery.
What is the good and the worst thing about Drawing?
The good thing about drawing is that it keeps me out of the street and I also use it as a way of mind refreshing. The worst thing about drawing is when I did not reach/produce the quality I was aiming for on a certain portrait.
Besides Drawing, What More can Spil Boy do?
Spil boy is also a fitness model, bodybuilder and a Musician
How do you balance Drawing, Music, Body Building and Academics?
There are some days during the week where I do not have classes, then I use that time for Gym, Sketching or music. The best way to manage both is time management, I split them up accordingly. When I have tests to prepare for, I put music, gym and drawing on hold.
How is the response from Family and Friends towards your Drawings
They truly love what I’m doing, their support is out of this world.
Which One Drawing would You say it is Your Best Drawing and Why?
The colour ballpoint pen sketch of a Roaster. It came out way better than I expected, and it was my first colour pen sketch.
Quotation/ Price list
A5 R200 +R50(Frame),
A4 R400 + R50(frame),
A3 R480 + R70(frame),
A2 R700 + R100(frame),
A1 R1000 +R200(frame).
Then if there are 2 or more people on the portrait, each additional person is R50 for A5, A4 &A3 and 100 additional for A2 and 150 additional for A1.
I want to send a shout out to my Fans across the country, my family and friends. I love you all and thanks for the support.