Shabazz’s fascination to draw as a child began as a family tradition more than a hobby. Being able to provide visual interpretations for friends and family was his way of easily gaining acceptance, which was essential to being a child of the military. During his childhood, Shabazz practiced his craft, honing in on what he loved most about art: the challenge of replicating the various styles of others. However, as he matured, he came to the realization that in order to be a distinct artist he must have his own style; it was during that time he began redirecting the purpose of his art to be a voice for people who didn’t have one. Always referring back to figure drawing and sketching, Shabazz continues to perfect his style by studying Renaissance art, early animated cartoons, conventional comic strips, and human anatomy, certain that there are still secrets to be found in the art of story telling.