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GUYS, I'VE ILLUSTRATED MY FIRST BOOK!!
I don't post here very often and that's usually because i'm too busy making art than to post about it! So, what I usually do is run down all the projects I've done, but as it's been ages i'm just going to share some highlights; the most notable of which is that I've recently been commissioned to work on books! 

The Boy Who Wouldn't is the very first book that I've ever illustrated, everything from the cover, layout design and interior pages were all done by me. It was a huge project for me and definitely came with a few challenges that I've learnt a lot from but I'm really proud of what I've accomplished and I'm super excited that I now have all my art in a book! The fact that I have a book that's going to be in shops with my name on the cover blows my mind aaaaah.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to FCM Publishing for this opportunity and to all my friends and family who stuck with me during the time working on this as your support definitely helped inspire and keep me going. I love you all! 

You can pre-order a copy here! 

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As well as The Boy Who Wouldn't, I also designed the cover for Famed Jockey Bob Champion MBE's Autobiography! Though more focused on Graphic Design work, It was my introduction to working on books and was a huge opportunity to me in opening up a whole new avenue and industry to work in.
You can pick up a copy here!

New EP by AZ based Trip Hop artist  Meganoke  who I designed the cover art for.

New EP by AZ based Trip Hop artist Meganoke who I designed the cover art for.

The latest EP cover I designed for DJ NoGenre for his upcoming release.

The latest EP cover I designed for DJ NoGenre for his upcoming release.

Oh Ya! As well as my usual art shenanigans, I also have a ton of fun new stuff on my YouTube! Here's a few samples below for you lovely lot; I've got some nice time-lapse videos, Game Reviews, Artist Interviews and some lovely episodes of the Andy & Dan Shodcast.

Much love guys, speak to you next time!

Dan

Funky Fresh new content, hmmmmmm

Hey everyone! 
Hope you're all doing real swell. Just dropping by with some projects I've recently dropped since I last did a blog post! I still have several bits and pieces I still can't reveal to the public until they get green-lit by my clients, but Once I do they'll be starring in my next post with all the saucy details! Speaking of sauce, lets dive into the latest illustrations why don't we?

Album Art Projects

Cover art for A-Dub da prodigy's new song 'I got sauce' ft. Jxmmy Watts. Fun, quick project to work on focusing on some character design work inspired by the 'Homies' Figures. 

Cover art for A-Dub da prodigy's new song 'I got sauce' ft. Jxmmy Watts. Fun, quick project to work on focusing on some character design work inspired by the 'Homies' Figures. 

BIG IN JAPAN 2: Tokyo Bootlegs  Cover artwork for Japan-based Hip Hop artist Gizmo, for his EP inspired by his time living out in the East. Order yours here:  https://heyitsgizmo.bandcamp.com/

BIG IN JAPAN 2: Tokyo Bootlegs
Cover artwork for Japan-based Hip Hop artist Gizmo, for his EP inspired by his time living out in the East.
Order yours here: https://heyitsgizmo.bandcamp.com/

PHOENIX: Rising From the Ashes Vol. 1 ~ Album artwork created for DJ-Lexx Smith & DJ Milk As with each project I always find an area of the artwork i need to do, where i can really push a skill the furthest. With this one I focused on hand painting the flames to bring a more realistic feel to my usually line-heavy artwork. Also using white line-work on the phoenix itself was an experiment to add to its 'glowing' look, and worked out even better than i expected.

PHOENIX: Rising From the Ashes Vol. 1 ~ Album artwork created for DJ-Lexx Smith & DJ Milk
As with each project I always find an area of the artwork i need to do, where i can really push a skill the furthest. With this one I focused on hand painting the flames to bring a more realistic feel to my usually line-heavy artwork. Also using white line-work on the phoenix itself was an experiment to add to its 'glowing' look, and worked out even better than i expected.

YouTube Content

For the 20th anniversary of the legendary classic JRPG Chrono Trigger, I decided to undertake a challenge: to create a tribute illustration that basically summarized the entire game in one giant poster.
A sit down retrospective review done by myself and partner in crime, Andy, this is the fourth in our in-depth look at the Final Fantasy series with FINAL FANTASY IV... .pretty much look at every incarnation of that classic, yes all 998 of them.

In this weeks 20th special VIDEO episode, me and Andy return after yet another long hiatus to bring a conclusion to our buildup of long awaited games POKEMON SUN AND MOON, FINAL FANTASY XV and KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 and our experiences playing them. 
We also talk about a few other games, including horizon dawn!
We also set a precedent in the series, replacing our usual features for a visual commentary over that delicate little flower THE TOWN WITH NO NAME... a game so classic, we didn't play it but watched it instead. So you get to see our ill-contained reactions to such a gem in the second half.

In this weeks 21st episode, me and Andy launch into our E3 Predictions with games we're both expecting and would love to see debut at the show... even the ones that are a bit of a stretch. 
Talking about the recent Dynasty Warriors 9 reveal, possible Dragon Quest 11 news on international release, Final Fantasy 16? and a whole host of other wild guesses. 
We wrap things up with a mighty return of ANDY'S 60 SECOND SCRAMBLE, where Andy summarises/reviews a 'classic' game in 60 seconds; this weeks being that cold hearted gem, PRIMAL RAGE.

As usual I'm really in the middle of my usual plate-spinning that is running Danji's Designs; Book Writing, Funding for that and new art equipment, Selling art at conventions and stocking up on new art for that (probably next year ), my YouTube Channel and the Network of Awesome Showcases and expansion. As you can expect I'm rather exhausted x_x but it will all be worth it in the end, as I set the bar the highest in bringing my art and creative endeavours to you, you beautiful people.

Watch this space!

Dan x

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