Justice Naim is an illustrator and storyboard artist with an impressive portfolio. Working with some of your favorite comic book companies, studying under some of the greatest comic book legends and even having his work featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - this is someone we had to have a sit down with. Perhaps most importantly, because his work in Esports, Gaming, and Anime is just too good not to mention. We talk a lot about the technical side on GameBuz, so interviewing Justice was a good departure into something we all are really interested in - THE ART.
Him - Hey, how's it going, Justice?
Justice Naim - I'm well, thanks for asking and thank you for having me. Been busy recently, juggling different projects, but I'm blessed.
Him - Can you tell our readers, who may not be familiar, who you are and what you do?
Justice Naim - My name is Justice Naim. I'm an illustrator and a designer. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and I graduated from the Joe Kubert School in New Jersey. I've had the opportunity to work on many different projects with different companies like Marvel, DC comics, and Hasbro, to name a few. I currently work as a freelance illustrator. I also have a bunch of personal projects that I’m working on and look forward to sharing those with the people really soon.
Him - What inspires you the most right now?
Justice Naim - Hmm. That's a tricky one. Lol. I will say that, in regards to content, I probably produce more than I consume, however, practically everything that I do consume inspires me in some way. With that being said, right now, I'm probably most inspired by the art culture and design philosophy of the 1980s & 90s. There was a lot of cool stuff that came out of that particular time in art and music, of course, but I also think there was an energy and a vibration that was very unique to that era and I try to pull from some of that and translate it into my work, especially my personal projects.
Him - Which games and characters would you say are your favorite?
Justice Naim - Oh yeah. Let's see, Tekken, Soulcalibur, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, the first few Halos, Mirror's edge, Portal. I could go on. And as for the characters, I love Marshall Law. I mean, honestly, how can you not. And what an awesome name. Heihachi is a legend, you know, characters like Crash Bandicoot and Zasalamel. Aw man, there are so many good ones.
Him - Biggest accomplishments? Favorite projects?
Justice Naim - Right now, I would say that my biggest accomplishment is being able to work with the legendary Jay Leisten and collaborate on projects for Marvel and DC. He reached out to me after I graduated college and said that he had been following my progression and wanted to know if I'd like to work with him. Yea, that experience was pretty incredible and definitely some of the coolest projects I've worked on. Honestly, some of my favorite projects are those I'm still working on. When it comes to my personal work, just like any artist, there's a certain way I'd like it to be done, and that often takes time.
Him - Anything you like drawing the most?
Justice Naim - Drawing people is definitely where I'm most comfortable. I would never get tired drawing the ideal superhero physique, but it's also just as fun to draw an average clothed person as well.
Him - Love the picture you did of JDCR. Can we expect more Esports related work from you in the future?
Justice Naim - Well, thank you, that means a lot. Most likely. I'm always amazed at not only the competitors but the community of Esports and what's been done with competitive gaming as well. I enjoy adding to the lore and legacy of the players through my art.
Him - Plans for the rest of 2019? Can we expect any big announcements?
Justice Naim - There are a couple of projects that I'm working on that I plan to drop more information about as we move into the fall. There is also something really cool that I'm doing that not only has to do with gaming, but also with a major event coming up in 2020.
Him - Anything else you want our readers to know?
Justice Naim - First off thank you again GameBuz, this was awesome. I plan to bring you guys awesome work in the future, and I hope that you guys will support me throughout my art journey. You can find me on my socials (Twitter, Instagram, Youtube) Shout out to Jabril "Him" Power at GameBuz, to my family, and my supporters. Thanks again.