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My Mentors

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 1, 2009, 8:24 AM
~StephanieNicole1002 had a question for me:

I have a question, during the time you was illustrating and coming up as an artist before joining the Udon crew, did you ever have a mentor?

Hmm, I had a quite a number of artists that I admired. The first anime I was introduced to was Plastic Little by Ureshihara, and after that I got into mangas like Gunsmith Cats, Oh my Goddess, You're Under Arrest, and Ranma 1/2. These artists we a major influence on me.

Soon after that i wasintroduced to Capcom artist by way of a strategy guide for Darkstalkers in which there was concept art. I would say Capcom artist had the biggest impact on me. Especially Kinu Nishimura which i have the honour of meeting along with Shinkiro, Ikeno, and Shoei. Recently i had dinner with Ono san the producer of SF4 when he came here to Toronto to see us at UDON , i mention it to say that tat was also an honour. I still have to meet Edayan and Bengus.

Also i should mention Mazukazu Katsura and his book I"s is one of my favourites, i have my friend Jim to thank for introducing that to me. His facial expressions are great. I actually feel like doing some fanart of that too.

These are the people I looked up to before UDON, and learned a lot from. And even still to this day i look to them for inspiration. Nowadays i would add a few more artist i really admire and learn form namely : Arnold Tsang, JAxer, Chamba, and many other artist on dA.

The goal of course is not to become copies of them, rather to freshen you outlook and try to see things differently so you can improve.

In the end you will draw it your own way anyway.


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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CuzzaCurry Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very good read, thanks a lot for posting this! :)
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CTCFirebird Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
WOW Its a blessing to meet your mentors and/or the people you admire!

People have their own way of doing things when it comes to art and its great to know a little bit about your past!

Thanks for sharing, Omar! Its a great honor!
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Myselfsama Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing :)
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scyfon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
An I"s fanart from you?
Ooooh, I'm looking forward to that! =D
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hyakamaru Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
wa alaikomalsalam
I just meet Makoto Shinkai(Just havea photo with him :-((()

an awsome thread... I have a big question after I read what you wrote (The goal of course is not to become copies of them, rather to freshen you outlook and try to see things differently so you can improve.)

1-I love the manga style but some people say that I have to stop drawing manga and search for my own style!?
and others say : (be original and don't be a copie)
I love some mangakas-Rumiko Takahashi"" one of them-
and some of them influence in my works

so I wish I know your opinion about that

sorry for my bad English
I want to ask you if you know arabic to write to you in arabic
thanks
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
YOu will always have artist you admire. You will try to be like them once in a while when you are not sure where you should go artistically withyour style.

Making your art look exactly like another persons art is not really beneficial at all. You will draw you own way whether you like it or not, and the style will find you.

Looking at Rumimko Takahashi for ideas and because you like the way she draws is not a bad thing, but trying to become another Takahashi is not necessary and a waste of time.

I think you friends are just telling you to keep an open mind and experiment with other things too and not focus too much on one thing.
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Spiderkid Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I knew I felt the Kosuke Fujishima influence in your work.
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VergessenHeld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Kenichi Sonada, Masakazu Katsura, and Kosuke Fujishima!?

I think I love you, Mr. Dogan.

What's your favorite story from Gunsmith Cats?
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
The OAVs were really good, but when i was getting the books i didnt have money enough to keep up. It was 1992 when I was reading them. I have some ancient Evangelion too and Ranma 1/2 in english.
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VergessenHeld Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Oh. I liked the OAVs, but it just made me want to cry because there's no television series. It's so awesome I don't understand how people could not want a TV series.

I have the Evangelion TV series and movie on DVD. I've tried getting the manga but it's so hard to find the first volumes and I'm the type of guy who refuses to buy the volumes in the middle until he's read the ones before it.

Have you seen Rebuild of Evangelion yet? Fun stuff.
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