1785753_origBy way of Richmond, Virginia, Malik Radford is a natural-born artist with a passion for creating cartoons and animation. Attending Virginia Commonwealth University and majoring in Kinetic Imaging, Malik hopes to one day take his talent and create, or direct animation for major TV networks.


Q: For those who may not know you, give us a little background on who you are? 

A: I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and I currently attend school, in Richmond, at VCU! I’ve been drawing pretty much since I started learning how to write, at least that’s what my mom says haha. Art has always been in my life and I’ve always taken art classes in school. Right now, I’m majoring in Art, but more specifically, Kinetic Imaging, which focuses on animation, video, and sound. 


Q: Do you come from an artistic family, or is this just a God-given talent?

A: This is just a God-given talent. My mom is an Accountant Manager and my dad is an Engineer, so for me to have this love and passion for art is something I would consider to be a gift. 


Q: Seeing as some parents may disapprove of majoring in Art, because they feel there’s no money to be made in the industry, how do your parents feel about you pursing art in school? 

A: My parents has always been supportive of me, my art, and doing what I love. They see that I’m truly talented and good at what I do, so they figure I’ll be fine pursuing it! They’e very supportive of me. 


1019695_origQ: So, is animation something you hope to pursue in the future? 

A: Yeah! I actually want to work with Adult Swim as a character designer or a writer, but I would also want to make my own animations. 


Q: Are you in the process of learning how to do animation? Do you have your own YouTube channel for your work? 

A: I’m still learning animation techniques, but as of right now, I’m just drawing. I know the basics and I know how to work a couple programs, but not enough to start putting up my own animations. 


Q: How would you describe your style of visual art? 

A: I guess I would consider my style to be very cohesive. I try to make sure every piece relates to each other somehow. I really just go for pop culture pieces when I draw. 


Q: Who are some of your favorite artists? 

A: Um, some of my favorite artists are Nuri Durr, Paper Frank, Erik Jones and Stanley Rayfield


scan-1Q: One of your most notable pieces is the “Pink+White” Print you did of Frank Ocean, how long did it take you to draw that? 

A: It took me about 4-5 hours to draw that. I started around 9, stopped at 12, went to sleep, then woke back up in the middle of the night to finish it. 


Q: How would you say your art has changed over the years? 

A: When I knew I could draw, back in elementary school, my art was more so for fun, there were no true ideas behind the pieces that I created then. I would just draw things like cartoon characters, but I believe my true passion all started in high school. In the beginning, I was into portraiture work and hyperrealism, but then it transcended into more cartoonish styles. Freshman year of college, we had a cartoonist come in and teach us a demo on how to draw comics. From there, my love grew for the animation/cartoon style! 


Q: Where do you see yourself and your art 5-10 years from now? 

A: I hope to see myself and my art in Atlanta. That’s definitely someplace I would like to live. The art scene there is more cultured, bigger, and more accepting. When I think of New York, I think of modern art, museums, and galleries, which is something i’m not too interested in. Atlanta is the place for me. 


Q: What is one thing you want to master, artistically, that may have been challenging for you before? 

A: I want to master working larger to capture all the details of the pieces I create, but unfortunately, I don’t have the time to work larger. A lot of people see my work as posters, but I essentially want to have a focus on bigger canvases and reach a larger audience!


Q: Do you sell your art? 

A: Yeah! I actually do freelance work. Whether it’s me creating something and putting it out to sell or people come to me with requests on certain things to draw for them.  



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