Location: Malaysia Web: http://ifxm.ag/mshazmiq eMaiL: firstname.lastname@example.org MeDia: Photoshop, Manga Studio The cover of RA Salvatore’s book The Crystal Shard inspired Mohamed, aka Shaz, to pursue art for a living. It was painted by Todd Lockwood, an artist who remains close to Shaz’s heart, and the illustration set the 15 year old on a path to fantasy art – despite showing no talent or interest in painting beforehand.
Shaz tries to recreate the look and thickness of oils in his work, emulating the likes of Frazetta, Brom, Simon Bisley and Jesper Ejsing. His aim is to be able to illustrate large-scale battle scenes and develop his skills to handle such a composition. “I hope to one day work for big fantasy properties for Wizards of the Coast and Tor Publishing, just like the artists I admire,” Shaz says.