Oscar was one of the first people I met on Twitter. I was so impressed with his great talent in bringing The Walking Dead characters to life through his artwork. Even though I wasn’t familiar with The Walking Dead graphic novels, his drawings were so expressive I could always figure out who each character was. I love that is he now branching out with some of the television show characters. When Oscar said he would do A Baker’s Dozen interview, I was ecstatic. I hope you all enjoy his answers as much as I did.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Chicago.
At what age did you discover your talent for drawing?
I have loved drawing ever since I can remember. I used to draw on the chalkboard for one of my teachers who used to ask me to draw for him.
What prompted you to begin drawing The Walking Dead characters and scenes?
The love of the show was my motivation; it still inspires me…but I’ll draw almost anything.
The first The Walking Dead cast member I met was Josh McDermitt on a trip to Senoia.
How many cast members have you met and do you have a favorite?
I have met quite a few cast members in Senoia and at Walker Stalker Cons. I have lots of favorites, including Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, and many others.
My brother gave me the hat; I started wearing it and the rest is Twitter history. They would say it’s him, Oscar with the red hat, so I created #OscarsRedHat.
How many different The Walking Dead characters do you draw and who are they?
I don’t know the exact number, but I have drawn almost all of the comic characters and I’ve expanded to the show characters now.
Will there be a book of your work in the future?
There may be a coloring book in the future.
There are tee shirts, mugs, tote bags, and even things like shower curtains and beach towels available on Pixels! (https://pixels.com/artists/oscar+rodrigueziii)
Do you have your own booth at comicons and will you be attending any in the near future?
I will be attending my first Walker Stalker Con with a table in Nashville in June. I had an artist table at the Monroe Comic Con in my hometown last September.
Is there anything, besides drawing, that you do for fun or are passionate about?
I love spending time with my family and love vacations!
Are there any new characters you’re working on or considering?
I’ve been having fun with the new characters on the show that aren’t in the comics.
Is there anything else you can tell us about you and your work?
I feel like I’ve broken free of the classic The Walking Dead comic style in the last year and have started exploring new things. I’m taking more risks with colors and with sketch art style and I’m challenging myself. I appreciate the support and feedback I get from The Walking Dead family and especially from other The Walking Dead artists.
Oscar shared this video of meeting the King (Ezekiel), Khary Payton. Even Khary was impressed with Oscar’s wonderful ability to bring a character to life in his drawings.
If you go to Walker Stalker Nashville comicon, look for #OscarsRedHat. You’ll be amazed at all his drawings. If you’re like me and won’t get to go, you can always pick up something on pixels.com. Or just contact Oscar on Twitter @OscarsRedHat, he’ll be glad to hook you up with as many of his prints as you want. Tell him @sassypoo sent you!
Source: All photos and video supplied by Oscar Rodriguez III