Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I’m a visual artist and Illustrator, working towards a fulltime career in the Arts. I specialize in monsters and quirky characters, in whatever media is at hand
Where do you get your inspiration from when you draw?
I’m inspired by old monster and kung fu movies, horror comics and whimsy. My influences are pretty broad, from Singer Sargent to Kirby to Paulie Polka.
What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?
Madcap, spooky, weird, concerned, dedicated.
Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?
My very first ‘real’ job was working for my Father for his construction company. I did Farm work prior to that for the family, like all the kids in my area. My first art job was making a poster for a dance party, if you can believe that. I’ve been doing ‘normal’ jobs and art on the side ever since.
As an artist, what is your biggest frustration?
The difficulty of getting something from my mind to the world in a way that expresses it accurately. That and marketing.
Tell us about how you prioritise your art?
I make it a pretty high priority these days especially. If I’m not sleeping or trying to earn a living, I’m generally making something or studying how to make things better. It’s a bit of a balancing act.
How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?
Generally all my social contact is online, art-related or not. There’s not time for much else. I do try to socialize with my peers in the Sydney Comics Guild on a semi-regular basis, and I’m trying to do more of that.
Your advice to artist who are just starting out?
Make as much stuff as possible. That feeling of satisfaction you get when you finish something is great, and it can keep you going-but you need to keep going. Just like anything else, the more you do, the better you’ll get.
Tell us about your up coming SCG Group art exhibition Art at ArtSHINE Gallery?
I’m excited about the show, not just because I get to exhibit with friends and it’s great exposure, but because I’m debuting pieces with a new technique I’ve been enjoying using.
What is your proudest moment so far?
Probably having someone I respect like my work and offer some tips on how to make it better.
Who do you most want to meet and why?
I’d love to meet Mike Ploog, comic/storyboard artist. I’d like to thank him for all the inspiration when I was a kid reading his monster comics.
What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that perseverance pays off.
What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?
I’m currently re-reading a dictionary of 17th century British slang titled The Vulgar Tongue. I’d strongly recommend an indie comic just published in special edition by Dean Trippe titled Something Terrible. It’s a great (and true) story of the power of fandom to inspire and heal childhood trauma.
Where do we find you and your products?
Facebook: Nayhan Seabolt
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