EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Dawud Anyabwile~ Co-Creator of “Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline” (Part 2)
Thank you for joining me for Part 2 of my EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Dawud Anyabwile, the tremendously talented co-creator and illustrator of the much-revered comic book series Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline.
DAWUD ANYABWILE: Sometimes I need to lock myself away if the workload is extremely heavy and I have to meet a deadline.
At other times, I may take a break to be with family and friends, and I will catch up on the art later. I always have music playing. It inspires me.
I don’t refuse topics because of what the public may feel. I just have my preferences which is aligned with my values.
I am inspired to do family entertainment and uplifting work. I love adventure and action, and I understand the inclusion of romance and intimacy, however I am not into gratuitous violence nor overt sexuality.
I may draw attractive people, but their actions are not solely for the sake of visual stimulation.
I am also working on the Brotherman graphic novel which was trumped by the MONSTER publication.
I also did cover art for the new book series entitled The Cold hard Cases of Duke Denim which was written and published by my brother Guy A. Sims. Check it out! This is the first spin off series from the Brotherman Comics Universe.
If this is what you really want to do, then go for it. Study all you can but also be yourself.
People can tell you how to do it but you may decide not to do it the way they did it. That is how you turn industry around.
It’s all up to you. Don’t listen to naysayers and just have fun.
Do what you do for you. The phantom internet haters are there to hinder your growth and steal your happiness.
So, just like in real life, ignore them. The majority of those people are anonymous because they’re not contributing anything healthy to society and they hate it when others are trying to manifest destiny and build.
Unless they are physically holding you down, they are just distractions. Keep it moving and enjoy your life!
There are no immediate plans for this year although we did celebrate the last couple of years with the Brotherman Art Exhibitions.
This year I am in a reconstruction stage since I just finished illustrating that MONSTER graphic novel for HarperCollins. That has kept me busy for the past year, so now I am getting my bearings straight once again.
The best part of this work is the response from the audience ranging from kids to adults. After drawing during your personal time for months on end, it is very rewarding to finally see others studying the drawings that you spent so much time creating.
If it makes them happy then the feeling of accomplishment is like no other!
I hope that what we’ve learned here can help inspire and motivate fledgling artists as well as those who have already thrust their hat into the ring.
It’s never too early nor too late to achieve your dreams and utilize your gifts and talents.
PEACE~ George Ford, creator of ADDANAC CITY