Drawing was something that Ollie Mori was known for at primary school. In his words, he’s been avidly drawing since he was a “little lad”. From here he just continued drawing. He creates masterpieces under the name Seizure Art.
“I’m an epileptic. I can’t drive, and screens interfere with me as well. So drawing has always been a hobby of mine. I don’t think I’d draw as much if I didn’t have epilepsy. But I’m thankful for it at the same time. It’s a sick irony,” said Ollie. “So I sparingly use screen time. I scan my drawings and then play with them digitally as well.”
We came across Ollie at his first Oz Comic Con this year, where he had a stall to sell his sensational creations. From Avengers, Harry Potter, X-Men and Aladdin to Frozen, Star Wars, Dragon Ball Z, Aquaman, Alice in Wonderland and Spider-Man — he’s got nearly all of the fandoms covered. It was his second stall at such an event, after a successful stall at Supanova earlier this year. His folders of original pieces consisting of digital and traditional art had fans of anime and pop culture ecstatic and the artwork hung up on display had customers in awe of his talent.
“Art is a part of you, so I don’t like to compare myself to others and get down,” said Ollie. “I’ve got heaps of styles under my belt and that’s what I’m proud of. I can do Disney, concept, comic, anime and more. I haven’t found my main style yet, but it’s fun to draw in different genres and styles. I like to draw what’s popular and experiment with new styles.”
Constantly connecting with like-minded people is what Ollie gets out of social media. He’s met so many great people through Instagram, Facebook groups, and conventions as well. The art community is where Ollie feels at home. He’s recently been approached by a business to be the head designer of its wands, an opportunity that Ollie has grabbed with both hands. So he’s taking a short break from his traditional Japanese calligraphy style anime and kung-fu drawings to create plenty of wands that are inspired by water.
This Crib Point artist, illustrator and drawer previously completed a Bachelor of Illustration and Design at Chisholm and completes commissions as well. He’s working part-time and running a blog on YouTube too. Golly Ollie, you sure are busy!
“You’ve got your style so embrace it; it’s individual to you,” said Ollie. “If you persist, you’ll improve.”
View his artwork on Instagram @seizure_art and watch his amazing time-lapses of his drawings on YouTube at Seizure Art.