Juan Zamora-Magana is a tattoo artist based in Derby, KS who attends many art and tattoo conventions. We met him through an artist networking group last year and have attended many comicons with him in 2016! Juan is a really awesome dude who is has a lot of great advice for aspiring artists. Check out his art and interview below and don't forget to like his pages!
Please introduce yourself for new readers:
My name is Juan Zamora-Magana, also known as Hellwizard (artist nickname ). Little bit about myself. I have been doing freelance illustrations for many years, from small to large work. I have also been professionally tattooing for the past seven years. I am head illustrator/owner at Beastnerd Studios, basically "art for nerds by nerds" many products from prints,posters,stickers,T-
What's your favorite color? Favorite food?
Here's a little more about of who I am my favorite color is Green. My favorite food is typical cuisine from the state of Michoacan in Mexico. So much goodness i would need a whole other bio to explain! Lol!
What piqued your interest in art?
What piqued my interest in art was the old monster movies, old books, the book cover art that filled my head with imagination as a young boy.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist that's a really tough one I have many influences from Frank Frazetta, William Stout, Moebuis, Ralph Mcquarie, Osamu Tezuka, Boris Vallejo and so many more from so many genres!!
What is your favorite medium?
My favorite meduim honestly I love it all, but I mainly work with Watercolors since my busy schedule allows me to work effeciently in this media.
What are your favorite things to draw?
My favorite thing to draw/paint is honestly monsters, creatures, and babes! Lol! I love all of it honestly.
What are you working on now?
What Am I currently working on right now. Currently I'm working on many projects or series I have some monsters, 80s movies, some comic characters, for Beastnerd Studios. Also I am working on my personal cryptozoology book project and revamping my own comic book that I worked on when I was a teenager!! A lot on my plate! Lol
What are your favorite games/tv shows?
What are my favorite games/TV shows. Well honestly I don't get to play too much video games , but when I do I love vintage NES/ Sega, some fighting games. For TV shows I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, comics documentaries, and I'll throw in the fact that I love me some cheesy 80s movies!! All this shows I watch while I draw or paint.
What would you like to say to aspiring artists?
What would I like to say to aspiring artists. What I would say is that you really have to be disciplined and respect and love the craft that you are wanting to get into. If you really want to be an artist /illustrator/creator, etc. Work,work, work...And then work more, when you really dig down and DO and not accept failure as an option, you will succeed. I say that because you really only cheat yourself when you don't give it every little once of you have you.
I hope this was informative. Can't thank An and Giang enough for the opportunity to showcase my art life!
Thank you again
Juan Zamora-Magana (Hellwizard ) Of
Thanks so much Juan!!
We always have so much fun when you're around and hope to see you at the next event! :)