1.Who is Marcus Askins and what do you do?
I am a world traveler, activist, laborer, and I draw stuff.
2.Tell us about your work?
My work would fall into the category of Afrofuturism. I specialise in fantasy and sci-fi subject matter that features POC. My weapon of choice is a HB. I do most of my work with a pencil, a pen, and depending on what the project is colour pencil and digital editor. If I’m feeling frisky I shop.
3.What inspires your work?
I’m inspired by Black heroes and heroines of all shades with natural Afrocentric features and hairstyles and putting them in settings where you might not ordinarily see them. Supercharging them into fantasy and sci fi characters. Movies, animation, video games and comic books play heavily into that.
4.What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m teaching myself how to use Unity and Blender operating systems. I’ve been dabbling in animation using the Pencil 2D program. My friends gifted me with a small Wacom tablet recently so that’s my newest toy.
5.What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Creatives who are looking to be the next hot thing are very much advised to create ALL THE TIME. I was kind of lucky earlier on in my career still in high school to land a gig as a cartoonist and creative writer at the local paper. But there was a long stint where I was turned down for jobs basically by folks from video game and graphics companies who said ‘you need more training’. So whatever medium you do. Do that. ALL THE TIME. At the end of the day practice makes perfect. Oh, and be sure to get people who can do stuff way better than you to critique your work. If everyone around you says ‘you’re great’you need more people.
6.What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
I haven’t really had a highlight in my career per se, just jobs. I was published early so, aside from winning local contest, and some commission jobs I can’t really brag about anything… but I did shake Jack Kirby’s hand so that’s got to be worth something.
7.Where can our readers follow your work?
You can follow me on my website which I designed http://justask73.com/. It’s really just a page that links to other links where my various portfolios are featured around the web. Depending on the feed back I’ll be uploading new stuff accordingly.