Black Oni is an illustration and graphic design business, dedicated to providing visual excellence and inspiring passionate, and forward thinking. Inspired by gaming culture, Black Oni is also host to the subsidiary, Black Oni Blog, which centers on video-games and facilitating progressive discussion by providing reviews, articles, opinion pieces, podcasts, and tutorials about gaming.
Black: Timeless, elegant, sophisticated, and powerful, while simultaneously being both classic, and modern. Black is the essence of everything that ever was, and ever will be.
Oni: An equivocal word which derives from both Africa, and Japan. In the African Yoruba dialect, Oni refers to one who is "born of sacred land". This is in direct reference to how ideas and ultimately art, are created. In Japanese, oni means "ogre", or "demon", referring to ancient folklore. In Japanese culture, Oni are used as a symbol for warding off evil and guarding/protecting sacred lands such as temples or shrines. The dual definition of Oni speaks to the very essence of creating art, as it is the most sacred form of human expression. Black Oni aims to be creators, and enforcers of passion and creativity.
Black Oni strives to create as few compromises as possible when exploring solutions to visual needs. That is why marrying new and old techniques is such a big part of our approach, and what makes us compelling. Black Oni marries the two to create unique visual experiences, utilizing the most powerful and up to date software and hardware while staying current with design trends, but also being mindful of our roots. Black Oni embraces the low compromise approach to creating visual solutions to both illustration, and graphic design.