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ZAY ARTS

Words of Wisdom

What inspired you to create your comic/graphic novel? 
Like most artists, things from childhood seem to come up the most. Video games and cartoons were my main inspirations. Each time I saw something new and exciting I thought to myself "Man, it would be awesome if I could create something like that too!"

What is your writing/drawing process like?
My process has changed over the years as I've had more help to work on certain projects. At first, I did most of the work on my own. And it would take quite a while complete a project. But I recently established a team of writers and artists to help the process move along much easier.

How many hours a day do you write/draw?
Drawing is my main source of income. So I'd say in 24 hours, a good 10 to 15 are dedicated to drawing and planning.

What does success look like to you?
That's a good question. Truthfully I have no idea lol. This is because when I set goals for myself I seem to always try to one up myself with another goal right after.
Its a never ending cycle.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
The most difficult part is staying consistent with a content release schedule and keeping consistency with the quality of my art style.

Does doing this work energize or exhaust you?
It definitely energizes me. I wouldn't been in this industry if I felt like it was a drainer.

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Never let anyone try to change your life's purpose to fit in with their own insecurities and self doubt.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a comic/graphic novel?
I have tons of artbooks at my disposal located around my workspace. I also have a massive hard drive filled with artbooks and saved references from all over the net. I even recently developed the habit of screen shooting certain angles and scenes from different cartoons and anime series. Its a lot lol

What advice do you have for other Black comic creators?
Stay consistent and finish all of your projects no matter how bad or good you may think your project is. There's an audience out there with your name on it. You just have to find them and claim them!


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