Kobe Taylor, aka Nurd is an illustrator, game designer, animator, song cover designer and comic book artist from Ghana. Kobe, which is short for Kobina, is the lead creative at Akolabone, an urban streetwear brand that combines anime-styled illustrations with clothes and other merchandise.

We’ve covered his artistic journey in an in-depth Behind the Ink interview with Kobina Taylor so we won’t get into that here.

We love his diverse art styles which pay homage to the anime and mangas he grew up on and also his present realities as a creative in Accra.

It’s a beautiful journey into his art and one you’ll enjoy.

Happy Vals Day by Kobe Taylor for Akolabone
Happy Val’s Day by Kobe Taylor
Slithering Thoughts by Kobe Taylor
Slithering Thougts
Rema Alien song cover by Kobina Taylor
Rema Alien cover
Cereal by Kobina Paapa
Evergreen by Kobina
Evergreen by Kobe Taylor
Skate Kid by Paapa Taylor
Skate Kid by Kobina Taylor
leelu by Nurd Akb
Leelu from the Polaroid series
Penther by Nurd Akb
Mans by Kobina Taylor
Kobe self portrait

See more of Kobe Taylor’s art on Instagram, Behance and his website.

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