Dylan V Owen
Dylan V Owen is a Games Design graduate from Leeds Met University. Following his studies, he took on a 9-5 job in a non-creative field, as a creative, he found it a real uphill struggle.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART?
The main style of my art is comic book inspired high detail, fine line pen work. I specialise in fantasy & horror characters inspired by classic monster movies, the Tolkein & Dungeons & Dragons universes in particular.
What inspires you to keep going?
There is no greater feeling than looking back on a completed piece that has presented a challenge to undertake, that feeling of achievement makes me pick the pen back up and revisit old works. Looking on classic comic artists like Steve Ditko's works, or newer artists like Phil Winslade or Dale Eaglesham, really makes me want to keep honing comic book techniques and better myself one piece after another.
When did you discover your passion for art?
My father has always been an artist around other jobs, my mother always has a creative project, of one sort or another, on the go. They nurtured my creative streak from an early age, and admittedly I spent too many hours laid back in classrooms sketching on maths books and English anthologies.
What kind of role does an artist play in this kind of society?
An artist's role in society is to stop people in their tracks, to have them imagining the characters or settings of a piece in motion. Particularly with comic art, people should be imagining the heroes living not just between panels, but from one issue to the next. Artists can make people think about questions or subjects that they wouldn't want to read about, protesting issues that some people may not realise exist.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I see myself with an independent comic book published, a body of work I know I could not have creating without taking that initial risk and an art-style fully honed, that someone can see my signature in without me having to sign.
Have you ever reached a time when you wanted to give up on something you wanted to do?
'Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again' - Henry Ford - There have been times over the last 5 years in particular where I haven't touched a pen and pencil for months, juggling time between work and life. There were times I felt like giving up on my creative ambitions. Finding the time to doodle on a till receipt or scribbling whilst on a conference call would always reignite something in me, to the point where I knew I had to make changes to prove to myself it could be done.
What's the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have been given and would give to others is that 'If you can take a risk before it becomes a regret, take that risk.' Then you'll go through life without regrets of what could have been, instead, with memories of when you've tried.