Charles "Ooge" Ugas is a multi faceted illustrator who works with an assortment of mediums but is mostly known for his clean pen and ink drawings. He has worked with legendary artist Ralph Bakshi (Cool World, Fritz the Cat, Spice City), Mark Texiera (Conan, Black Panther), BadBoy Entertainment, Universal Records, Dirt T Shirts Apparel Company, Vexed Comics and Double Barrel Studios. See more of his work on his instagram page.
NEW YORK CITY based ILLUSTRATOR, Charles Brian Ugas also known to his friends and followers as 'oOge', has been going through boxes of Staedlter and Micron drawing pens and markers for over 30 years now. Brooklyn born and raised by a single mother on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick, oOge was heavily inspired by CINEMA.
He started drawing at a very young age thanks to his father, an amatuer photographer and Film Maker who introduced him to ART and Film during his weekend visits. It wasn't long until oOge realized his calling, Illustration.
Story telling, in a visual sequential format came naturally as he followed through on this passion through the years. Starting out with simple stick figures as early as first grade then rapidily transitioning into dynamic, movie influenced imagery by the time he was in High School. It was around that time that his multi~layered characters and detailed compositions were compared to Comic Artists Todd MacFarlane and Moebius.
Years before graduating with a Fine Arts degree from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, oOge had already steadily developed an original style that eventually caught the attention of Legendary Movie Director Ralph Bakshi (Lord of the Rings, Cool World, Fritz the Cat), Illustration Veteran Mark Texiera (Conan), Bad Boy Entertainment, Double Barrel Studios, Vexed Comics, Universal Records, Levi's, Converse and most recently, Nike, to name a few. He is a regular contributor to NewYorkNatives.com
Balancing various commissioned projects for an ever expanding clientele, oOge has also been working on his very own Illustrated Sci-Fi Trilogy, called NEW KRYO which has gained a nice following on Instagram since joining the site just two years ago. (@ooge3600)
oOge hopes to see his work make the transition to the big screen some day. As he would say, "To see, actual actors portray my characters on the silver screen would be my ultimate dream come true. I feel it in my heart that I'm ON MY WAY...." Who says it can't happen?
Ugas' current projects include a graphic novel that could expand into a trilogy. His work is political, edgy and very sharp. I would like to request more large scale paintings from "Ooge".