Times of Youth: For those who don’t know about you and your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Babrus Khan: My name is Babrus Khan and I am an Artist by passion and profession. Ever since I was a kid, I was interested in comic books, mags, video games and other such stuff and I wanted to be a professional comic artist. Since there was little awareness of comic books and not much career opportunities and scope for Artists in my country a decade ago, I couldn’t convince my parents and many others to help me let me be one so I kept at it to myself. I am self-taught artist and it’s been 12 years as a professional for me now. I have worked on national and international projects and it has been a difficult but rewarding ride so far.
Babrus Khan:My art style is more inclined towards style than realism, and my personal work themes revolves around science fiction, religion and spirituality mostly. My work may not look much from a look but every personal piece I do has a concept and story, mostly its questions. I throw questions and explore them through the work I do. I like how my core audience can relate and debate about the stuff I create. I like how they comment on the subject, content and execution of my work rather than talk about the quality of rendering or comparing it with other artists.
Times of Youth: What sparked your initial interest in arts?
Babrus Khan:Comic books and video games. When I use to read my favorite comics I wanted to tell stories too, so I use to try drawing characters and stuff. That still happens.
Times of Youth: At what age did you start doing all this work? Has your family always been supportive of this choice of career?
Babrus Khan:Honestly I can’t really remember, I mean I know I have been drawing ever since I was a kid. My family appreciated me doing it as a hobby but never supported me when I made it a career. The first 5 – 6 years of my career were harsh and I wanted to quit but then my hard work started to pay off and now I am known entity in the local industry. Things still get tough some times, but then its no fun if you don’t face challenges; they make you grow.
Times of Youth: Which of your projects are you most proud of and why?
Babrus Khan:I’ll talk about the recent ones, I have spent past 2 years as a game designer, there was this one time I was given a task to lead a team of 4, consisting of 2 fresh graduate designers and 2 engineers, we had to prove our superiors what we can do and we ended up developing a 3D robot-gladiator-arena-survival game for android in 10 hours! It was something that I am still proud of. Other than that, there are some renowned animated TV commercials and shows that I have been an integral part of so there is a list ( though small ) of such projects.
Times of Youth: Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?
Babrus Khan:I see myself somewhere different every other day when I ask that question to myself. But most of the times I see myself where I want to be, a comic book artist that the comic book community would recognize. I want to tell stories I want to collaborate with new and old artists. Quite frankly I think I may see myself there in a year or two.
Times of Youth: Any message to your fans or followers via TIMES OF YOUTH
Babrus Khan:Art is a skill, and skill is something you learn by practicing, so if you want to be an artist, grab a pencil and start drawing, you will suck in the start and that’s what its all about that’s your test, the most important thing is patience, be patient and keep at it. The only thing stopping you from becoming great is you yourself and no one else. Nothing worth having comes easy.
Times of Youth: Do tell us how can fans contact you to share their appreciation/feedback/suggestions.
Babrus Khan:I am active on facebook and instagram most of the times you can find me on facebook/babruskhan and I am simply @babrus on instagram.