Hi Daniel, thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. First, could you tell us about your background, as it would be really interesting to know how you started off and what got you here as an artist and illustrator?
After high school I was determined to make a career for myself in fine art (oil painting). I was not very successful and found myself a bit disillusioned with the whole gallery/fine art scene. At about the same time I was discovering concept art/commercial art, where the artists were required to have an understanding of the fundamentals: color, composition, light, anatomy, design, etc. This respect for the "craft" of art appealed to me a great deal. So for the last four years or so I have been trying to make it as an artist in the entertainment industry.
Your paintings are very strong and expressive - I particularly like the portraitures in your portfolio. Some of them remind me of the works of the modern artists and some look quite contemporary. Are you influenced by any particular fine artist(s)?
Yes, definitely - too many to list. But if I were to name two artists who have probably had the most significant influence on me it would be Lucian Freud and Phil Hale.
Amazing artists, I really admire their expertise in figurative and portraiture painting, although I find some of their images quite disturbing! With your tight schedule, do you still manage to find some time away from your computer to do some traditional paintings or are you now completely devoted to your job and digital art?
Yes, unfortunately I do work almost completely digitally these days; it just makes a lot of sense because of the sort of time restrictions I work with. For a recent project at work I did manage to do most of my character design work with pencil and paper,