This month, I’m showcasing an Omani talent that I mentioned briefly before who honestly needs her own post. In my last interview, we got to know Zakiya who’s an amazing artist and a great person as well. Anyway today I’m interviewing Nof who has more achievements in her life than my Steam account and I feel proud as an Omani of how far she reached.
– First let’s start with introductions, tell us about yourself
Nof Alzadjali, Omani digital artist & graphic designer.
– How did you start?
I started drawing traditionally since 3rd grade but most of my artworks were random & I liked to redraw popular anime characters but never created my own. A few years later I started to create random Manga stories & original fictional characters, I was very inspired by Japanese Anime that I watched on European Channels and of course I never understood any word they say, but later I started to speak & understand the German Language because of Anime. At high school my art started to improve and I began to read more Manga & learn from the art masters online. I’ve only started digital art in 2013 which helped me improve & learn even more.
– How supportive your family and friends were?
At the start my parents were supporting my art as a hobby only. After high school I’ve decided to go to an animation or Art college. They were not very supportive at the beginning, saying that I won’t benefit much for my future but I insisted. Luckily there was only one college in all of Oman which had Graphic Design & animation courses, The Scientific College of Design. So I went for it and few years later I got into art galleries and won several prizes, so my parents started to realize how much I loved art and they supported me all the way.
– What’s your greatest achievement when it comes to your art?
Honestly, of all my participations, I have two achievements that I consider as my greatest:
- Finally created & self-published my own Manga (Living Dreams) in 2017. And currently working on Volume 2.
- Being chosen as my country’s representative in Japan to have my own Solo Art Gallery in the occasion of the opening of (Nara-Oman Friendship Association) And given the title of (Goodwill Ambassador) by the association.
– Tell us about the manga you created?
The story of (Living Dreams) was first written by me in 2008. The whole story was different, the characters were different, a lot of things changed until it was finally published. The main idea never changed throughout the process, it was about a boy who can merge into other people’s dreams and rescue lost dreamers from dark nightmares.
But before ever thinking about creating this story as a Manga, I wrote it as a novel and presented it to the cultural club in Muscat as they usually support Omani writers. Yet they have refused my story because it was fictional and not related to Oman’s culture or history. Sadly this made me give up on the story and I just left it for years.
After getting employed on my first job as an artist & designer, my friends knew about the story and supported me to create it as a Manga. It was exciting yet I knew that back then (in 2013) my art wasn’t that good and I needed to practice more.
So only in 2016 I’ve started to re-write & create the Manga with a whole different concept and better ideas. Until finally I’ve self-published it at Comicon Dubai 2017.
– Is it sold anywhere?
Sadly no, I still haven’t found a publisher, but I plan to release it again (vol.1 and 2) in one book after getting a publisher or I might just sell it online.
– How do you develop your art-style?
I watch a lot of videos, I read manga and follow many great artists from around the world. These days it is easy to learn and develop your skills in any field, the world is connected and everything is within reach.
– What inspires you to draw?
Seeing other artist’s work inspires me. And it is very exciting that everyday we earn a new skill, or we find a new drawing tool, software..etc. Art is also my way of expressing myself, sometimes I don’t find the right words and I just draw what I feel.
– Do you prefer using a software or a traditional pen and paper?
After getting into Digital Art, I rarely use pens and papers (unless I’m just randomly scribbling ). I prefer digital art for many reasons.
– Does your art life effect your personal or career life?
Yes, in fact I still work as an Artists & designer in an Omani company. And I plan to continue participating in art galleries and events whenever I can, to meet other artists & learn from them.
– What’s your favorite anime?
It’s a long list, on top of it Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
– Do you play videogames?
I used to, but not so much these days sadly I miss playing though. I like RPGs and adventure games.
– Are you with using art like yours to get money or you’re against it?
I prefer not to allow anyone to use my art in any way unless we agree on it initially. For example, sometimes I open Art Commissions so that people can get their own personal artwork according to their taste. And for a fair payment they get the open file of that artwork and can use it freely as they please. But as most artists we struggle to make people understand that they can’t simply copy any artwork and print it or use it or sell it. This happens A LOT and we get tired chasing them around and stopping them. I know some artists who should be millionaires by now for all the artworks that got stolen and sold without their permission.
– which artist you look up to?
My favorite Manga Artist is Yukiru Sugisaki (author of D.N.Angel Manga) I really love her art style and I have learned a lot from her. There is a long list of other inspiring artists I follow online.
– What’s your motto in life?
The world is your canvas.
– What are your future plans?
Currently working on Vol.2 of my Manga. As well as another big project that would benefit all artists/designers in Oman Insha Allah.
– Where can people find your art?
I also have a behnace profile yet it isn’t updated : Behance.net/nof_zadjali
I feel I should also mention that she participated in a show along with her husband called “Qumrah TV by Ahmed alshugairi” and it was aired on MBC 1, and here’s their submission.
I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did, be sure to check her links if you want to support her. I would probably buy her manga because I personally love supporting artists from my country and if I can give them a platform like this post to talk about themselves, I’ll gladly promote them.