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My Art Sensei told me so,

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 22, 2010, 8:20 AM
I should be working right now, but once in a while I get an itching feeling I need to vent some of my feelings and who better to than my friends and fans.

I think its is beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am best known for my involvement in Street Fighter work and the like. Most of what I have built my popularity on is Capcom related, and it was a calculated effort. Much of my fame, however small it is,  is from that series.

Now, thats one thing, but another thing i have started to notice and feel is that my work is becoming too cheese cakey, and too suggestive. I know there are plenty of other things out there more racy and crazy than mine, but I have to start wondering at a certain point why it is you actually like my work and who actually likes my work.

Talking to my favourite art instructor about art and the conception thereof, i came across some ideas and input I hadn't heard before. In most case people just cheer me along in my career and enjoy in my success as well, but he was a bit more critical in a good way. In essence, he basically said that I should consider doing actual real art, like fine art as opposed to always the same thing here. This got me to thinking as to what do I want to be known for, but also spurns the question what am i known for.

In my mind, i feel i have vastly exploited the female form to make a living, and i worry that that makes me a hypocrite to what I believe is right, and has typecast-ed me. I have to put food on the table, but I am working to get to a place where i can be more selective of my work and try to evolve as an artist.

SO here I present to you a question, with an affixed poll for you to vote.


I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.


Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!



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zarsh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i think you should work on your original art from time to time, everybody got a story to tell.
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zarsh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
we being from the same religion have the same ordeal. I have that kinda questioning myself. a friend says i need to draw from real picture, and learn to improve on that then doing anime style. As much as that is true, it is soo hard to do so.

As for doing female figures, i myself have the same problem about drawing to sexy of a picture. Will this be written as a good deed or a bad deed.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
i think you should do what you like. sure, you have to work for a living, and nothing stops you from making both fine art and drawing females like you've always done. good luck!
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Shen-fn-Woo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah yeah.... Let's make important, influential decisions on how to better myself in one of the most trivial aspects of my life - fuck saving the rainforest or an endangered species, small insignificant details of why I'm so popular in my ART is the best issue to tackle at the moment :P
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I agree with misterFISH that any art is art... it's the intention rather than form that counts, in my opinion.

In your case, you're one of the very few people I've ever seen who says they earn enough from their art/illustrations to actually live off it -- and then continue drawing the same things in your free time because you want to get "more into character"! Honestly, as long as you enjoy this, don't bother changing anything in your workflow.

On the other hand, I believe side projects using other techniques and picking other subjects may be a smart thing to do. They can even further improve the quality of your 'normal' work, and prevent said work from becoming boring. You never know until you tried, I guess...
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Lulluria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Aw, you shouldnät feel like you exploit the female form. I like to draw it very much and I am female; I think it's a beautiful form and all sides of women are interesting and pretty.

That aside, I started to watch you a long time ago because I enjoyed your technique. The street fighter stuff was just a nice surprise :3 And I was amused to see your name pop up that once in puzzle fighter. xD But alas, I am not THAT into SF and the capcom works I like are not done by them directly.

I think you, as the artist, should first and foremost do what -you- love. I know itäs hard sometimes to worry about the view of others, but I think it's very important to do what you want and love.
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MakoCrab Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omar, you put up one of the most inspirational pieces to me here on DA a while back. It was your 3-stage drawing of Ibuki from sketch to completion. She was in a powerful pose striking with an open palm. I didn't think, "oh he's exploiting the female form." I thought, "this is a great artist!"
I see a lot of comics (that I never buy) out there that do exploit the female form, but I don't think you're one of them. Your professional work involves a lot of women that were designed by Capcom to be sexy, but you've shown a great deal of restraint and professionalism in portraying more than just their physical attributes.

Also, you're the guy that builds Lego cars! Just seeing your creations made me want to bust out my tub of old Legos again and build something new. You really are an inspirational artist, and I'm glad that you are thinking about these issues. I'm sure a million other comic book artists either wouldn't think about the women they draw or wouldn't care.
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chowwingho Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
As much as I'm sure your art Sensei is a very wise and experienced artist, I would never think that the kind of art you do is in any way less valued or less important than "fine art" in much the same way I wouldn't call classical music better than jazz. You could look at your focus on the female form and on street fighter specifically as being "type-cast" OR you could look at it more as carving out your niche in the art community. Its helped many people discover you, myself included, and it seems to be something that you love. Now, that's not to say that you can't take time to branch out, try new mediums or subjects, we all need a break once and a while, but I don't think that you should feel bad for focusing in on something specific.
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FromArt-ToArt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why can't you do both? to be an artist is to love art more than your job, whether it be plumbing, taxi cab driving (ext), or commercial art its self, you will hopefully still have time to work on something more meaningful to you on your free time.
I am not a commercial artist so i can't tell you how things go, but i just recently got a good job doing labor work for my family and that gives me free reign over what i want to work on in my spare time and its a great feeling that you have a choice what you want to explore in your endless curiosity for art.
so if its been a while since you touched a sketch pad i say pick one up, and start working your magic. and please, don't draw what you think other people want to see, because it should be about what you want so don't worry if you feel a little selfish because its one of the benefits of drawing for yourself or someone you care about :) (ps. drawing for yourself and for people who are close to you, greatly enhances your end product.... at least from what i see.)
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Classico Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
This may be a very different response - but what first attracted me to your art was how crazy good you draw vehicles!! I was sitting at my computer thinking "did he seriously do that sh** with pencils? WTF lol"

If you drew a book that had alot of car chase scenes, i'd be all over it.
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