Talk about unique! Straight out of Chicago, IL Angel Onofre is a comic book artist and animator with a very (and I really mean VERY) distinctive style that makes it practically impossible for one not be intrigued by his work. I’ll admit it I’m a fan. How could I not?? His shit is fantastic. Angel Onofre‘s drawings are disturbingly cute. Or is it adorably sick? Ah fuck it, judge for yourself!
Ladies & gentlemen, Angel Onofre.
GEEKCITING!: When describing your style I like to use the words ”grotesque” and ”adorable” in the same sentence. How would you describe your undeniably unique art style?
Angel Onofre: I feel like I can’t make up my mind on what I want to draw. I really love the old horror movie art. The stuff you would see on VHS covers while looking for a movie to rent. It was so weird and over the top. Then I love the 90’s era cartoon style with the giant eyeballs and wacky shapes. What ends up coming out when I draw is wacky weird horrific cartoons.
GC!: When skipping through your work one can’t but notice that comic books had a deep impact on your art. So the question to end all questions… DC or Marvel? And what character would you like to illustrate for the big two the most?
AO: Oh man. I really do love both. I think as a whole I like Marvel characters better, but I do enjoy reading DC comics more. Getting a chance to illustrate any character from either side would be amazing, but if I had to choose it would have to be Batman. I kind of have an obsession with Batman though. I would probably want to draw a weirder goofier version of him instead of his normal serious scary self.
GC!: What are your most cherished tools and/or material when working on your art? Are you a digital kind of guy or more an old school paper and pen artist?
AO: I love it all and I love experimenting and combining. Discovering brush pens completely changed my life and I probably use those the most. Watercolor is easily the paint I’ve had the most fun using. When I work digitally I use a Wacom Cintiq that I feel I can no longer live without. I try new things here and there but those are the tools I spend the most time on.
GC!: Instead of asking you what artist inspired you the most growing up I’d rather ask you what contemporary artist’s work do you follow and/or admire the most?
AO: There’s so many artists I enjoy and look up to. I love just scrolling through Instagram or Tumblr and finding new artists. There’s just so much talent out there it blows my mind. Some of the ones I look to regularly are Alex Pardee, Skottie Young, Jhonen Vasquez, Doug TenNapel, Creature Box, Cavity Colors, Skinner, Lora Zombie, Ben Templesmith. There are a ton more. These are artists that anything they put out makes me want to sprint to my drawing table and get to work. I love the kind of art that has so much energy in it, you can almost see it moving or hear the sound it would make.
GC!: Your Tex Avery-ish renditions of some of the most villainous characters in movie history is what attracted me to your work first. What leads you to pick a certain character instead of another one?
AO: Honestly, I just draw what I’m currently excited about. Whether it’s a movie, show, comic, game, or anything really. I have a habit of having horror movies on while I draw, so I end up drawing a lot of horror icons. I just love that stuff.
GC!: You recently released your own comic book, The Thing That Came From Space or Something!, through indie publisher Cheese Lord Comics. What can you tell us about it and how did you have the idea for it?
AO: I had a really bad habit of starting comics and not finishing them. There’s been so many times I was about to launch a web comic but then decided not to. Most of the time I either came up with something I liked better before finishing the current one, or I just wasn’t happy enough with the art. It’s pretty scary to put your work out there and hope someone might find it amusing. The Thing That Came From Space or Something! was really me just saying “screw it, I’m going to finish something.” I based it off myself and my situation of not being able to finish web comics, added some violent drug monsters, and just ran with it. It feels absolutely awesome to have completed it and have strangers that bought it tell me they enjoyed it.
GC!: What can your fans expect from you in the near future and where can our readers meet you next?
AO: I’m working on a horror anthology with Leo Perez and Jon Michael Lennon of Cheese Lord Comics, and JSB of The Simon Corporation. The book is, Scratches: A Horror Anthology. Each story is written by JSB and illustrated by JSB, Jon, Leo, and I. I’m super excited for this as JSB has made what are probably my favorite indie comics, and I’m psyched to be able to illustrate his work. The other one is my second book. It’s about a little girl who accidentally opens the gates of hell for her Science Fair Project. This one will be in full color and feature even more monsters and violence. Both of these books should be out before the Summer. Next place you can meet me is NWI Comic Con in Schererville, IN on February 21st. I’ll be doing lots of Comic and Horror cons throughout the year, in and around Chicago, so check my website for updates!
I would like to thank Angel Onofre very, very much for taking the time. I know that as an artist you don’t always have the time so answer every interview request so it means the world to me that some are willing to answer my silly questions for my even sillier blog. Thank you Angel!
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