Welcome to Crispy Cola Studio, the creative home of Nathan Onias. I'm an illustrator, cartoonist and educator from Melbourne, Australia.
I like to make comics. Just next door is my sketch blog where I like to draw stuff with pencil, ink and copic marker :)
I had the wonderful opportunity to teach a comics masterclass course for emerging creators at City Library, a partnership between Melbourne Library Services and Indie Comic Con. Ten young artists took part and we studied comics together for eight weeks.
Over the course of the class they deveolped graphic novels that responded to the theme of 'Interface: Technology and the Human Experience. The program culminated with an exhibition of graphic works by the participants at City Library and the launch of their comics at Indie Comic Con. The exhibition is open from November 2019 to January 2020.
I sat down with Zoran Ilievski of the Graphic Nature podcast to talk about my creative process, my experience with comics and what it's like to run a comic festival, Indie Comic Con. I had a head cold at the time, so please excuse my snuffy voice.
Head's up, this podcast has strong language and may not be suitable for young ears. Listen here.
As part of the festivities for Free Comic Book Day, I was invited to teach two awesome comic workshops at libraries in North Melbounrne. We had folks from all walks of life learning about and creating comics! Be sure to ask your library to run activities for Free Comic Book Day next year, 1st Saturday in May!
Writing For Comics at the Kathleen Syme Library
Comics 101 for Kids at the North Melbourne Library
My comic book, Commander Canine is available on my BigCartel shop. Grab an issue today!
Commander Canine is a 28 page, full colour comic book, which I describe as a superhero, cop-buddy comedy about a dog-man and his reluctant police partner. It's a blast and you can read some exerpts here
I'm available for art commissions of all types. My background in fine arts and design allows me to work in a variety of styles with traditional and digital tools. Please contact me for a quote.
• Comic covers, pencils, inks, colours
• Editorial illustration
• Pin-ups, t-shirts, posters, sketches
• Children's Books
Want to learn about making comics? Join me at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre where I'm teaching cartooning and sequential art.
Contact me to enquire about private tutoring! $50 for a one hour session. I teach kids, teens and adults.
Comics are a multi-disciplinary medium that combines elements of illustration, design, and creative writing. If you are a teacher, librarian or event planner, please contact me to learn more about a comics workshop, customised for your students or attendees. Find my rates and programming options here.
Students will learn how comics work by studying:
• Panel layout
• Reading Flow
• Choice of Words
And they will develop illustration and writing skills by practicing:
Indie Comic Con was a great success and the biggest one so far. We had artist talks for the first time ever, featuring Chris Gooch and Tatiana Davidson. It was really cool to see so many people creating comics in the art space. Plus I launched my new comic Jump Punch along with Darryl Leech, who pencilled the book.
I had a blast at Homecooked Fest. It was great to get outside the studio and hang out with folks. Did some fun Roll A Sketches too!
My first time exhibiting at FOTP was fantastic! I had a great response to the launch of my zine, Whalesong. Thanks to Sticky Institute for putting on a wonderful event.
Comicstreet was a great experience and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of it. Right in the middle of downtown Brisbane, there was lots of foot traffic and I met many interesting folks, plus I soaked up some much needed sunshine! It was very much in the spirit of independent comics and featured a good bunch of local creators. Hope to go again in the future!
I'm fired up to be working on another round of Marvel sketch cards for Upper Deck! It's so much fun to be able to work with some of my favourite characters. I grew up reading Marvel so it's a real blast! Grab a pack of Marvel Premier cards by Upper Deck and you might score one of my hand-made drawings!
I'm excited to be named a Copic Marker Lifetime Ambassador! They are my fav art tools for sketching and drawing. Looking forward to creating some cool stuff this year!