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Projects and plans for 2017

Hi everyone! How's everyone been doing?
I know I start off most of my posts with an apology for my absence but since that's an unavoidable thing at this point i'm not going to bore you, and instead I'm going to dive straight in with art I've been working on!

ALBUM ART

Political satire based cover art for upcoming album by AZ Hip Hop artist Juan $choville. First time doing a satirical piece, so faced some interesting challenges with this project.

Political satire based cover art for upcoming album by AZ Hip Hop artist Juan $choville. First time doing a satirical piece, so faced some interesting challenges with this project.

Album artwork for Nerdcore Artist Ambush Vin, merging both the reality of its environment with Nerdy influences. Experimented with lighting on this one and I think it paid off. 

Album artwork for Nerdcore Artist Ambush Vin, merging both the reality of its environment with Nerdy influences. Experimented with lighting on this one and I think it paid off. 

Old school album artwork inspired by the classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 cover. Featuring stylised characters of those featured on the album.

Old school album artwork inspired by the classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 cover. Featuring stylised characters of those featured on the album.

Cover art for Neighborhood Paperboy's new album, mixing the old with the new to depict a more positive approach even in the negative climate. The colours of this one turned out more vibrant than planned, but it worked rather well i find. 

Cover art for Neighborhood Paperboy's new album, mixing the old with the new to depict a more positive approach even in the negative climate. The colours of this one turned out more vibrant than planned, but it worked rather well i find. 

As well as album art I've also been working on big poster, some logo design and other illustrations! If you want to check out all my latest commission work, head on over to my PROJECTS page to see all the nice things people have commissioned me to work on <3 As well as the gradual inclusion of new stuff in my SKETCHBOOK section too!

As well as my constant work, I caught up with my good musical buddies MEGA RAN, K MURDOCK and RICHIE BRANSON on their UK Tour! My Chrono Trigger posters are now being sold on tour at the merch table, and there's projects in the works with these guys so keep an aye out for fun times ahead!

As well as my constant work, I caught up with my good musical buddies MEGA RAN, K MURDOCK and RICHIE BRANSON on their UK Tour! My Chrono Trigger posters are now being sold on tour at the merch table, and there's projects in the works with these guys so keep an aye out for fun times ahead!

After my current job I'm taking a few weeks off to work on my YouTube channel content, with some new game reviews, Shodcasts, Artist Interviews and brand new making-of videos! You can check out my channel HERE.

I'm about halfway through writing my robot alphabet book ALPHABTRONICS so i'm going to be pushing to get that finished after which there's just the cover design to work on! I'm really excited to get that finalised so I can show everyone what has taken so long to come to fruition, my very first book!!!!

I'll see you guys very soon!
Your support means everything, luv oo

Dan
 

Wrapping up 2016

So.... as 2016 comes to a close, I thought it would be a great opportunity to look back on some of my most recent projects to finish the year with both and and update and retrospective by myself on the work i've done in this year... man it's certainly flown.

So with that being said let's dive straight in shall we?

Tekforce Server Crash pt 1 . ~ Continuing on from the last album, the art took the same approach as the music itself; More open and raw addressing more real life, destructive elements leading into the world of TRON&nbsp;

Tekforce Server Crash pt 1. ~ Continuing on from the last album, the art took the same approach as the music itself; More open and raw addressing more real life, destructive elements leading into the world of TRON 

Nerdcore &amp; Beyond, By Bitforce.  This was an epic project that not only saw me work with my first non-hip hop music clients, but also tackled lots of new work that included a huge pixel art piece and even an animated display of the album art.

Nerdcore & Beyond, By Bitforce. This was an epic project that not only saw me work with my first non-hip hop music clients, but also tackled lots of new work that included a huge pixel art piece and even an animated display of the album art.

HERO MUZIK Vol. 2 by K-Murdock  was probably THE most ambitious album art i created this year. Tying in a year after the Chrono Trigger 20th anniversary, this tribute allowed me to characterize all the artists involved to create this epic showdown of talent.&nbsp;

HERO MUZIK Vol. 2 by K-Murdock was probably THE most ambitious album art i created this year. Tying in a year after the Chrono Trigger 20th anniversary, this tribute allowed me to characterize all the artists involved to create this epic showdown of talent. 

EXTRA LIVES By Gizmo ft. Mega Ran  was my first time working with this client, but i couldn't have asked for a funner brief; Star Wars themed epic space battle!

EXTRA LIVES By Gizmo ft. Mega Ran was my first time working with this client, but i couldn't have asked for a funner brief; Star Wars themed epic space battle!

Tales of the Elements FC, by Last BeNeVoLeNcE  was an absolute dream project for me; Creating huge poster art of a huge jrpg inspired world and characters, for not just an album but a retro rpg video game, all in one awesome package.&nbsp;

Tales of the Elements FC, by Last BeNeVoLeNcE was an absolute dream project for me; Creating huge poster art of a huge jrpg inspired world and characters, for not just an album but a retro rpg video game, all in one awesome package. 

Dave's World by longtime client, MR. MIRANDA,  is an upcoming 2017 album that i had the pleasure of creating art for. I think it is actually one of my most polished covers to date, allowed me to push my experiments with realism (especially on that planet earth).&nbsp;

Dave's World by longtime client, MR. MIRANDA, is an upcoming 2017 album that i had the pleasure of creating art for. I think it is actually one of my most polished covers to date, allowed me to push my experiments with realism (especially on that planet earth). 

Phunkoland By Philonius Phunk  was a fun nostalgia trip into the old game stores we used to peruse the latest games as kids.&nbsp;

Phunkoland By Philonius Phunk was a fun nostalgia trip into the old game stores we used to peruse the latest games as kids. 

Bill Beats For President Vol. 2 &nbsp;Was a really neat and challenging new project for me, as it allowed me to experiment in a more minimalist stylised way, utilising just a handful of colours to create this presidential poster inspired art.&nbsp;

Bill Beats For President Vol. 2 Was a really neat and challenging new project for me, as it allowed me to experiment in a more minimalist stylised way, utilising just a handful of colours to create this presidential poster inspired art. 

Prophzilla, by Prophetiko . One of the final album covers done for 2016, this project was fun and allowed me to experiment in a more simple, gradient style for the colour scheme that i think really paid off.&nbsp;

Prophzilla, by Prophetiko. One of the final album covers done for 2016, this project was fun and allowed me to experiment in a more simple, gradient style for the colour scheme that i think really paid off. 

In terms of professional projects, my Epic Chrono Trigger Tribute illustration comes to the forefront as one of my longest running and most ambitious feats. The aim was to summarize in its entirety, the game which has influenced me and so many others in one huge poster.... and i did it. It just took me way longer than i could have ever anticipated, but after over a year of on and off progress i finished it this year. And not only that, I got posters created for purchase! I have under 20 copies left of my limited first run, so email me directly at: daniel89hill@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested in owning your very own.
I chronicled my entire progress working on this, videos of which can be found over on my YouTube channel (more of which are still on their way)

Overall, 2016 was a crazy hectic year for me with so many commissioned projects and big things, which has been incredible. The one thing i regret is that personal projects have had to take second place, which i guess comes with the territory and highlights that time management is something that always needs improving. My main traditional art vent was when Inktober came back around, which i'm proud that i stuck to completely, finishing all 31 days and experimenting in colored inks this time, which i think have helped my colour theory improve... But watercolors will be something i focus on in 2017, maybe i'll even use them with commissioned pieces, as i have a lot more traditional ideas in mind. 

There's already lots planned on its way to kick off 2017, so here's to lots more fun in the New Year!

Much love to everyone who has supported me through another year of crazy art shenanigans <3 

Dan