DPH asked Lionel Sayers to answer questions about what triggered his passion and persistence to become the talented artist he is today.
1. Where did you go to art school?
I went to the borough of Manhattan Community College. I elected to take an art courses, graphic design, and sculpting classes.
2. What made you interested in art?
Growing up, I collected cardboard pictures of cartoon characters from toy boxes, watched shows such as Batman the Animated Series, Dragonballz, Gargoyles, and Power Rangers. It triggered my love for art, and I wanted to draw every character.
3. Who inspires you the most?
My mom inspires me the most. I always take her criticism very hard, but growing up, I realized she was only trying to make me a better person. She pushed me to always improve in life, school, work, and this has help be become a better artist .
4. Do you have a favorite Comic Con(s) to participate in?
NYCC and Wizard World Philadelphia are my favorites thus far.
5. Are you self-taught or school taught.
6. What is your passion?
My friend Josh who is a great artist inspires me. I am a big fan of his work and watched him grow leading to great opportunities such as working for WWE and DC Comics. His hard work has motivated me to pave my own path to create even better artwork.
7. What scares or excites you about presenting your artwork?
Overthinking that my art isn’t good enough when presenting it. There are so many things such as; color, shapes of faces, sizes, but the best thing that excites me, is hearing great feedback it gets. That means more than anything.
8. What is your medium?
I use graphite pencils, gray toned paper, brown paper, Prismacolor pencils.
9. What do you try to convey with your artwork?
My artwork conveys emotion – whether it’s sad, happy, angry or excitement in the scene.
10. Do you have a story or background?
I stepped away from the art world six years back mainly due to suffering from panic attacks. Life hit me hard and it was tough, but getting back to the art world has help mentality, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
11. What do you like/dislike about the art world?
I like how art brings all artist together. We can come together and share our art, but I dislike when other artist try to bring down other artist work because they think it’s not “good”. We must stick together because we all are trying to accomplish our goals in life.
12. Why art?
With art, I feel I can take myself away from the real world. I create my own world and live it without life’s problems.
13. How much of an understanding do you have about printing?
I have bought so many prints over the years, I have an understanding, and I am working on my own prints as well.
14. What is your dream project?
When I was 12, I started my own comic book, but never finished. I am looking forward to restarting this project and finishing it.
15. What is your goal?
My goal is to start a children’s workshop where children can take free classes to learn to draw and have fun.
16. Who are your idols and who do you look up to in the art world?
My idols include Stan Lee and J. Scott Campbell. I haven’t meet Stan Lee, but I have loved his work since I was a child. Whether it was watching Spiderman or reading comics he has been my idol. I had the pleasure of meeting J. Scott Campbell last year at NYCC. He is such a great person and amazing artist and even signed my art piece. I look forward to meeting him again
17. What is your favorite piece that you have produced? Why is it your favorite? And what does it mean to you?
My favorite art piece that has been produced is the Becky Lynch WrestleMania fan art. When I look at this piece, I can relate to Becky and the fiery look, but the passion and the heart of a champion. No matter what situation always give it your all. You may not always come out on top, but won’t fail forever.