Isn’t this illustration of two military brothers awesome? It was created by Omniopticon in his comic style.
We thought it would be fun to get to know Omniopticon a bit better and share our findings below. Get to know this fantastic ArtCorgi artist in the Q&A below.
ArtCorgi (AC): We love your comic style. For how long have you been creating art in a comic-inspired style, and what first led you to it?
Omniopticon (O): First of all thank you! Now, it’s a bit of a tricky question, since style is always evolving as we learn more and advance, but I’ll give it a shot. I started drawing when I was in elementary school – I’d look at pictures of Pokemon and Digimon (the anime just came out) and try to draw them just by looking. Then in middle school I got into comic books about superheroes. I remember I was obsessed with the style of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics because it had such… weight to it – unlike anime which is a little easier to reproduce, this was so full of dark inks and details and anatomy. I drew Spidey and other superheroes for years, picking up some anatomy along the way. Then I dabbled in some more anime/cartoony stuff to learn how not to be too stiff. One day I just decided to try out some hard, gritty ink brushes and drew the first picture in the style that I draw in today (give or take). I actually have it on DeviantArt. It’s of course a little more gritty, I was still experimenting, but that was the beginning of the style I’m using today.
AC: Who are your favorite artists in terms of inspiration?
O: I got a very set list of main inspirations. Of course, they’re not the only ones. Whenever I see a good piece of artwork that I really like I tend to stare at it for a really long time, just going over each line and detail with my eyes and trying to siphon what I can. I just try to generally learn from everything I see. But to answer your question, my biggest inspiration is pretty clear once you see it: Sean Gordon Murphy. He’s done Hellblazer, American Vampire, The Wake (go read that!), and even wrote and illustrated his own comic Punk Rock Jesus which is ridiculously good. I truly consider the man a genius. Fun fact; he once saw some artwork of mine in Comicon and said I know what I’m doing. That’s probably one of my biggest achievements art-wise haha. Apart from Murphy the top biggest artists on my list are Joe Mad, Kenneth Rocafort, Leinil Yu, and the earlier works of Skottie Young – his Venom run was a huge influence on my earlier works.
AC: When working on a commission, is there a set process you follow, or is each new commission handled a bit differently?
O: Yeah, there’s a set process. Before I even read what the commissioner wants I look at the pictures they send me and try and get a read on who they are as people and the general… let’s call it tune to accompany the commission. The feel of it. Then I read what they requested to be featured in the commission. I accept the commission and start working on a layout. In the layout I try to take what they asked for and take it to the next level. Usually when you ask something of me I’ll give you a little more than that if it’s possible. If you pay all that money for me to make you something really special – you should get the full extent of your money’s worth. Once I get approval from the client I blow up the layout/sketch, tweak it a bit if necessary and start on the lines. I work directly from sketch to inks. Characters first, then background/other stuff if there’s any. Usually I don’t send the inks but if I see a client is a bit worried or if they like to be very hands on, I send them a preview just to make sure we’re on the same page and to maybe reassure them. All they’ve seen is a crappy sketch, they might be worried this is as good as it gets. Then it’s colors, effects, and I’m done. I send the finished product on a smaller scale and if I get the OK that no further tweaking is needed I save the file as CMYK (best for printing, as opposed to RGB which is best for screens), save it to a PDF and send it over. That’s about it!