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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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Klayde Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You met Shinkiro!? Gasp... I would have asked him to sign my chest ):
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ikeno came over to my side of the table and ate an udon noodle right from my bowl,, and we have photos of it lol. We also had a birthday party for him since it was his B day and he was away from home at SDCC. We got him a cake an everything it was hilarious.
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D3C3IT Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Hey Mr. Dogan, does Bengus' have a personal blog or something? any links? I'd really appreciate it. thanks!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Not sure.
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Crashtefano Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
I always learn by mangas and DC Comics...
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Anguiad Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Wow, it should have been such an honour to meet the people behind SF original art.

And it is quite a surprise you consider your fellow co-workers both influence and inspiration.

:o
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Miracle-Worker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
You've met Shinkiro? What was he like?
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very quite and reserved.
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zambicandy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Aw Omar those japanese artists were big influences on me when I started drawing people in 6th grade :) Except for Kinu because I didn't learn about her until later! But Mazukazu Katsura is still one of my favorite artists today. I really miss Urushiharas older work tho!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
yeah ureshihara has changed a bit.

I am rereading I"s right now actually. They have an OAV, but I havent checked it out yet.
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MatsuoAmon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow that's cool!
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist
kinda funny that's how i started getting into anine art style myself. pretty cool of you to share that with us :)
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Tedbob Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Haha, wow, almost the same shows I started with, only minus You're Under Arrest and add in Project A-ko.
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eL-HiNO Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome! glad you could share this with everybody. Not many do this.
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magion02 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Sweet.. Wonder how my journey will go in the future . heh..
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DripDraw Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing. That was really great.
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DesignHim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Artist
Would you say that it's a bad thing when you realize that the things that initially inspired you to start doing art just doesn't cut it anymore? Or to say it differently... grown out of? Because that's how I feel when thinking about this question.
In my opinion, mentors in graphic design specifically are hard to weigh in since it's such a broad field.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Mentors i think are more than what I am saying here. I should really specify that these people were influences and i havent consulted them for specific remarks on my work or advice.

As for what inspires you initially from an artist you admire, i think it goes in stages.

I just use my influential artists as a different set of eyes to look through at my own work in a way. I always end up competing with myself, and that is the best way to improve sometimes.
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DesignHim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Artist
You're right.
And I was taking the meaning too loosely.
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