Omar Mujanovic is a young multimedia artist chasing his passion at the intersection of music and art.
Southern California native Omar Mujanovic is a multimedia artist currently studying at San Francisco State University. His artwork has been featured on products for major influencers in the electronic music scene, including Norwegian producer Lido and UK producer Shadient. Omar shared his artistic journey so far and his hopes for the future.
When did you start making art, and how did you progress to this point?
I started making art in middle school by watching GIMPKnowHow’s videos on YouTube! I would spend a lot of time following random tutorials of his like how to make a button in GIMP or how to design a cool wallpaper in GIMP. I eventually upgraded to Photoshop and taught myself a lot of things over the years, and I made the decision to pursue it seriously in August 2016. I’m currently in the process of switching my major from computer science to visual design in order to even further solidify my knowledge about visual art.
That’s exciting. You’ve had the opportunity to work on some fantastic projects already. What are some of the highest-profile projects you’ve worked on?
I’ve designed official tour merchandise for Lido and also created the cover for Shadient’s “winter=reality” EP (along with the limited-edition cassette fans could buy)! I hold both of these projects very close to my heart since they opened up so many amazing opportunities.
That’s great! What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve created, and why?
One of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done is a really quick warmup I did while waiting for a flight about a month ago. Ever since I started pursuing design seriously, there was one specific style I wanted to re-create, and I ended up spending about a year figuring out how to make it to the standard that I wanted. I think the fact that I was then able to make something in that style as a quick 10-minute warmup in the airport almost acts as a landmark of the progress I’ve made as an artist, which really excites me!
One of my other favorite pieces is a poster that I made with [music producer and visual artist] Airuei [Victor], who is a close friend and huge inspiration of mine. I love this piece because I wanted to make something with Victor for so long, and I’m incredibly grateful that we ended up working on something together. I feel like the final piece is a perfect blend of both of our styles, which I always love seeing in collaborations! He definitely raised my standards significantly and taught me a lot of things that made my workflow much more efficient and effective.
As you continue to grow as an artist, who are your inspirations?
Oh, man, I have so many, but I’m going to try to keep the list short! My biggest inspirations of all time are Ninth Parallel, Daydreamer, Airuei, Yokubo, Jaden Smith, and Tyler, the Creator. They’re all incredible musicians/artists and visionaries that I so strongly look up to in so many aspects of my life, and I can only hope to be even half as good of an artist as them in my lifetime. In terms of other graphic designers, I’m really heavily inspired by people like David Rudnick, Matt Beck, and Samuel Burgess-Johnson.
That’s a fantastic list. Aside from visual art, what are your other artistic outlets and inspirations?
Other than visual art, I express myself through (amateur) music-making, as well as fashion—I would absolutely love to design clothes and host my own fashion show with my friends one day. I’m also very into the idea of making music videos and designing houses at some point in my life. I have a few music video ideas in mind, but most of them are for music that isn’t out yet, so they’ll have to wait! In general, I’m really inspired by musicians/bands such as The 1975, µ’s, Porter Robinson, SOPHIE, and Bleachers.