My goal with my art is representation. I hated growing up and watching TV only to see that there were barely any characters that looked like me. I then noticed the same problem was happening for Asians and Latinos (due to me having a diverse group of friends throughout my childhood and even into adulthood). I want to create characters where young people from all walks of life can find someone to relate to. The world isn’t a place where it’s just white people everywhere, ESPECIALLY in America. I feel the media should reflect that more.
You’ve been kidnapped. You can call on the characters from from one television show to make a rescue attempt. Which show do you pick ?
What are your goals for your art work ? Where would you like to be by the end of this year ?
If you had one publication you’d want to work for which would you choose ?
A long time ago, all I dreamed about was working for Marvel. I loved their characters and the way they told stories. But as I got older, I realized, working for Marvel would mean constantly just working with their established characters and I don’t think there’s much room for new properties. And even if there was, it would have to be apart of a bigger universe.So as time goes on, I’ve been leaning towards other more independent publishers like Image or Inbeon. Udon Ent. also holds a special place in my heart due to my HUGE obsession with Street Fighter.
Would you rather create a book, comic or YouTube mini series ?
I’d honestly rather do a YouTube mini series with voice acting and everything because a large percentage of the jokes I want to tell or convey are only funny due to the way a character says something. Plus I’d love to have an original soundtrack for my work. However, my resources are limited currently so I’m just sticking with doing a comic book.
Who has the biggest influence on your art work ?
Like most artists of my generation, I have to say Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball) is a huge inspiration to my art early on. I, then, started implementing some techniques I would see used by Jack Kirby (Godfather of Marvel comics).. I liked the idea of combining western-style art and eastern-style art. A more recent influence is LeSean Thomas (lead artist for shows such as The Boondocks and Black Dynamite).as well as many other artists on Instagram, Tumblr and DeviantArt. As an artist, you’re constantly growing and taking inspiration from all around you. It’s the best way to grow, honestly.
If you gained a hundred thousand dollars tomorrow what would be your first move , toward your future?
Well, for one, definitely paying off my student loans lol. Then I’d probably get something nice for my sister. It’s not really going towards MY future but I think it’s always nice to acknowledge the people who helped get you to where you are. And lastly, just get a bunch of materials to create my own personal studio. My set-up is a little on the ghetto side but it gets the job done haha.
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Shout out to my brother, Scott, my sister Manouchka, my brother Mac