About 3 weeks ago, Faraja alias @Farry-Srem on Instagram liked some photos on my Instagram feed. His 3D profile photo intrigued me into checking his feed which is full of well animated drawings of various celebrities and individuals. I decided to slide him a DM so that I could know more about his animation. We continued the conversation on email and later, I requested him to allow me to feature his story on my blog which he graciously agreed.
Faraja hails from Tanzania, Mbeya and he started his toon- art at the age of 10 years. He used to sketch people and animals on his drawing book and slowly he perfected his skills as a young sketcher. With inspiration coming from artists like Masoud Kipanya, M. Kadimart, Faraja wanted to move from paper sketching to 3D animation. He self-trained himself by watching various YouTube tutorials on 3D animation and slowly he learned how to make 3D cartoons.
He has made several cartoon animations of various celebrities like Diamond Platnumz, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, and Miles Brown
Faraja has turned his hobby into a business and he charges as little as 3-4 USD . Through referrals and his social media feeds, he has grown his client base and is now earning extra money aside from his salaried job as a medical lab technician.
Just like any artist, Faraja faces some challenges like; begin underpaid, delayed payment and people wanting their drawings done for free. As much as such challenges can be discouraging; Faraja continues to make beautiful cartoon drawings for the clients who continue to appreciate his work. He is over joyed when his clients praise his work and that keeps him motivated to improve his skills and do better drawings.
Just like any youth, Faraja is fashion conscious and his style is smart casual. He is also a music lover and he listens to different genre of music arranging from RnB, Pop, Trap Music and Bongo. His favorite home artist is @diamondplatnumz and he loves his song – Ntampata Wapi.
Faraja is patriotic to his country and he has immense love for his people and their beautiful landscape and humid weather.
To see more of Faraja’s animation, visit his Instagram page @farry_srem