Bahari Blue #12 – The Colourful Art of Natasha Nayo

November 3, 20193 min read

Natasha Nayo, also known as Star Crea8tor is a Ghanaian 2D animator, illustrator, storyboard artist, character designer and comic book artist who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation and Illustration from the Maryland Institue College of Art.

In 2017, Natasha collaborated with StoryFarm to create Accidently, an unusual ad about the Second Amendment and preventing kids from holding guns in the United States. The animated short was screened at the Encounters Film Festival in 2018 as part of the Accra Animation Film Festival’s program of African Animation in Bristol.

Natasha, together with Lizz Johnson emerged as one of three winners of the third preliminaries of the Annecy Animation du Monde Pitching Competition held at the Accra Animation Film Festival in 2019 for their project, Message Beats. Star Creator is currently working on Message Beats which she will be pitching at DISCOP Joburg later in November.

As one of the few known women animators in Ghana and on the continent generally, Natasha Nayo led a presentation that highlighted women animators across Africa. That presentation has been repurposed and updated with more information on women animators in Africa.

Natasha has also presented her work at the annual designer meet-up, dEX Artmosphere.

Nayo has a comic to her name called Beyond the Walls on Tapas.

Natasha Nayo describes her style (illustration and animation) as cartoonish mixed with vibrant colours and strong linework.


Message Beats by Natasha Nayo and Lizz Johnson
Message Beats by Natasha and Lizz Johnson
Natasha Nayo’s animation reel
Moka by Natasha Nayo
Beyond the Walls
Natasha Nayo Star Creator
Natasha Nayo self-portrait
Accidentally! – EveryTown Ad

Check out more of Natasha Nayo’s art on Instagram, Vimeo, Tumblr and Twitter.

Bahari Blue curated by Squid Mag's Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare
Bahari Blue Series

Bahari Blue is Squid Mag’s Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare’s and illustrator Bolaji “Art Nerd X” Olaloye’s scrapbook of favourite African (including the diaspora sometimes) artists they love, are inspired by and believe the whole world needs to know about.

So far we’ve featured Alfred Achiampong, Venus Bambisa, Malcolm Wopé, Simangaliso Sibaya, Kofi Ofosu, Ifesinachi Orjiekwe, Kudzai Ngundu, Salim Busuru, Rodney Tawanda Ngundu, Juni Ba and Poka Arts.

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