-First let’s start with introductions, tell us about yourself.
I am Zakiya Al Waili, 24 years old and recently married. I am a self taught artist, I graduated from Oman nursing institute, yes! I am a nurse, currently working in a government hospital.
-How did you start with your art?
When I was in kinder garden basically, but I got deeply in it when I reached 7th grade which is around 13 or 14 years old I guess.
-How supportive your family and friends were?
At the beginning I really didn’t get that support from my friends or family. My family used to stop me from drawing by saying its “haram” (Forbidden by religion) and I am not supposed to draw what I see on TV like cartoons. My colleagues on the other hand, used my art for their art assignments at school or just picking me as a partner for any art project. With time, my family got tired from trying to stop me so they gave up, I went wild for a period of time just to show them what I can do and how far I can reach, alhamdulillah (thanks to god).
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Going back to traditional art? Cool for change.. Kazuna in summer yukata xD drawn with copic markers, bic marking and lil bit of watercolor.. Please follow sister whos stealing my markers fod her drawings @_shuchii xD #drawing #drawing_time #art #japan #yukata #summer #copic #bic #green #kazunayoshida #traditional_art #watercolor #love #anime #chibi #نحن_رسامو_عمان #كلنا_رسامين
-What’s your greatest achievement when it comes to your art?
I don’t see that I have achieved something yet, even though I gave workshops and participated in exhibitions, I still want to do something grand.
-How do you develop your art-style?
I used to have these moods to draw and get inspired from what I see, what I go through but even so, my way to develop my style is trying new things everyday. I experiment new colors and try new types of art styles, and basically go out of your comfort zone and step by step, you will realize you have your own.
-What inspires you to draw?
Other artists, I feel impressed by seeing how artists grow and improve their art and I really love that.
-Do you prefer using a software or a traditional pen and paper?
It depends, I usually go for traditional style just for fun, playing like a kid to relieve pressure. I do that in a software as well, but it’s more serious.
– Does your art life effect your personal or career life?
Well, I hope it does affect my career in a better way since my career specialty and my hobby are extremely different. Whenever I’m on duty, not many care about my artworks, and if they know, they will be like: “amazing! can you draw me?“. It doesn’t have much of my personal life as a part of a family I’m still social as ever, though my new life as a wife made my responsibilities as secondary comparing to what I love.
-Clearly your art is more anime influenced so what’s your favorite anime?
I love Ghibli animations like: Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. I have lots of favorite anime series such as Himouto Umaru chan, Sword Art Online, Blend S and a lot more.
-Are you with using art like yours to get money or against it?
To be honest I used to do that, I used to work as an artist to get money in college days, but I stopped all kinds of trading later on. I still do it but very rarely, and with less amount for commission, I don’t aim for money. I want everyone to use my art in a proper way, and my advice to all artists who do art business, please be careful not to ruin your imagination like I did, enjoy exploding it all on your paper or tablet but don’t let anyone force you to do what they want just for the sake of needing money.
-Which artist you look up to?
There are several of artists I look up to, I don’t consider myself to be that good so I follow millions of them. I love to get inspired by their art and to try their style once or twice as practice. I look up to whoever of an artist they are, whether it’s a famous artist, international animator, Omani artist or even kids in school.
-Your motto in life?
No pain, no gain.
-What are your future plans?
Short term future goals is to participate in a convention in Oman by end of this year, and probably GCC (Gulf Continent Countries) too, yeah why not.
-Where can people find your art?
Anywhere with the name @kazunayoshida, mostly Instagram :3
I hope you enjoyed this interview as it’s a first for me, I would love to know your feedback. Don’t forget to check out Zakiya’s Instagram and give her support, she’s an amazing person and fun to be around.