Masood Ali

Interview on March 15th, 2007

Name: Masood AliFairyWings02

Date of Birth: 2nd December 1977.

What is your favourite colour??
Green on the outside and yellow on the inside.

Favourite artist(s)… local or otherwise??
Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Seurat, Marini, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, Terry Moore, Leinil Yu, Stephanie Pui Mun Law, Olivia, Rowena and George Perez.
Locally – George Francis, Hackett and LePlatte, Sean Riaz Mohammed.

In a nutshell, what do you do??… what medium… and how would you describe your genre??…
I do all genres, but I use digital art to enhance their appeal and production values.

How did you first get an interest in art??
Being unemployed with seven passes and a heap of other qualifications. Art provided income through Seasonal Craft, Portraits, Murals, Banners, Airbrushed T-Shirts, Tattoos, Editorial Cartoons, gifts and cards.
These things provided the capital for my first computer, that computer provided the capital for seven more, a T-Shirt heat press, projector and every thing else needed to run a business.

Where/How did you learn??
My drawing skills came from Loomis books in the library, mostly self taught. As a teenager I was too poor to take Art in CXC, and remember never having blue, green or black paint as it would finish first.
My graphic art skills were mostly learnt through working two jobs at the same time, and from my supervisors, Mark Lyndersay and Yohan Partap.
I now have my own studio and am able to teach others.

A brief history of your career…
Before getting into publishing I had several jobs sweeping floors (Holiday Foods), pumping gas (Guppy’s), watering plants (Banks and Insurance Agencies), selling ice cream (Willies), delivering goods (Boss), carpentry (Michael Sammy), warehouse inventory (York), bartending (Base, Amazon, Liquid), bank telling (Republic), loans recovery and filing (COPOS), financial planning (MEGA), quantity surveying (Development companies) and doing graphic art (Ad Agencies), among other jobs. In 1999 I had started my publishing career doing comics for the Blast.
By age 23 I had also been published in Mirror, Guardian, Wire, Express and several magazines as an Editorial Cartoonist, specialising in colour comics.
I was also an illustrator, writer, photographer, graphic artist and sub-editor depending on the publication.
In 2001 I formed Rogue Artists’ Galleria, an artists’ consumer co-operative.
In 2003 I formed the local X-Men, a cosplay group of motivational artists.
In 2004 I designed “Nur” the first Ahmadiyyah recognised Islamic cartoon character.
In 2005 I hosted the Galleria Comic Convention.
In 2006 I started the Funday Comics Digest for the Guardian to expose local artists and supplied the local comic content for Milky Juice, Galaxy Elf and Separate Lives.
I also organised the first Rogue Artists Road Trip later that year.

What are some of your current art projects, personal or otherwise??
I teach Basic Digital Graphic Art, Magazine and Newspaper Design, Marketing and Business Media, Sequential Art and Web Animation as well as Basic Drawing and Comic Art at my studio in Aranjuez.
I’m currently editing, colouring and publishing George Francis’ “Milky Juice” and “PsykoMadd” comic books, Michelle Amoroso’s “Galaxy Elf” colouring book and comic.
I’m also publishing the “Galleria Magazine” a showcase of Caribbean talent, kind of a sophisticated “Funday Digest” featuring more mature totally local content.

What are some of your upcoming projects, personal or otherwise??
We have on the backburner several projects, George Francis’ “Angelwing Academy” and “Drop” comic books, Michelle Amoroso’s “Zymorph”, and my own “special” project.
I’m also planning The Rogue Artists’ Road Trip II, taking a group of Trini Artists and their work to Dragoncon in Atlanta and the Baltimore Comicon.
We’re organising, a local comicbook convention called G2CON, and printing Rogue Arena collector cards and poetry bookmarks.

Hobbies??… What do you do for kicks??
Painting, writing poetry, studying languages, bartending, wenching and mayhem.

What’s your favourite food??
Beef Peleau with Zaboca. Sada Roti, Empanadas, Arepas and Cachapas with Zaboca.

If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why??
Well I’ve been called a dog often enough, so…

Okay and finally… what are your long term career/life ambitions??
A degree in Mass Communications and publishing a free full colour anti-rape, anti-drug comic book. Leaving the co-operative legacy of Rogue Artists to live on after I’m gone.

Many thanks… anything else you’d like to add??
The foolish man pays for the car.
The smart man pays for the computer,
the computer pays for the car.

Based on a March 15th, 2007 interview. View some of Masood’s past work.

— Posted on Thursday 21st March, 2019

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