I suppose I spoke too soon about the warm weather, as my car was covered with snow this morning. I’ll blame the government or something. I thought I would post something that everyone might enjoy today! I’ve made a video demonstrating how I color my drawings, along with the finished product. This album cover is currently for sale so if you think you’d be interested feel free to contact me! I’ve got a bunch of ideas that should be popping up in the next bit here. See you then!
Looks like the sun is finally out! It’s about time! Hope you’re all having a wonderful spring. This week I had the opportunity of interviewing one of my favorite artists; Mr. Dan Mumford. I’ve had a few chances to work with him on some of my own projects, and he has never disappointed! Some of my questions were out of my own curiosity, but I hope some of his answers can help others like me! Big thanks to Dan for doing this for me.
Feel free to visit Dan’s site at http://www.dan-mumford.com
All work examples credited to Dan Mumford and their respective owners.
1. I know you attended Brighton university, at what point did you see your skills develop to the point where you saw a potential career being born?-It was around the third year of university, I started developing relationships with local bands and people I knew that were looking for things like flyer and poster art for shows. Things snowballed from there, and it was only when I left university that I decided I would try and turn it into a career.
2. I’ve heard you say your first band project was Gallows, How did you seek them out or was it vice versa?
-I knew Gallows from the music scene back home growing up, they had all been in bands I’d played alongside, and I was in a band with the drummer for a few years too! So when they needed album artwork, they knew I was someone they could ask to help out with it and it went from there really, just helping some friends out with artwork for their first label release, I worked on it alongside Alex White from WeThreeClub who handled the type and layout along with some additional illustrations.
-Absolutely. When Gallows blew up and became bigger it obviously drew attention to the artwork, and I definitely had a few bands and people come to me because of that, and then once I worked with the clients that came from that it was a case of more people seeing that work and so forth. Its a great way for artists to get their work out there, because once you have your art on a tee, poster or album, the band takes it everywhere they go, which is obviously great advertising for the artist!
5. In the young days of your career, were you working for free or were you still charging around the same prices that you do now? What are your thoughts on working for free?
7. If my work is good, they will come. How do I know my work is ready? I’m always pumped about a drawing until the moment I post it. Friends and followers always give you the “you are so awesome!” pat on the back response, when I need pure and unbiased critiques. How did you know when you were “good”?
-I think its only now that I consider some of my work ‘good’. As an artist you should always be critical of your own work, but you have to know when to stop working on a piece and what it is that makes your work ‘good’. Websites like emptees (now mintees) and bandjob really helped me about 5 years ago, as most of the people working in my genre/industry posted ip on there and it enabled a nice community to talk about work and give critique, websites like that really help as people aren’t afraid to say what they think over the internet.
8. What is your favorite candy?
-I like Mars Bars(Milky way in the US!) right now. and Kit Kats…
Examples of Dan’s work.
Just a quick entry this time. I’ve gone ahead and put up a few examples of some of the apparel work I’ve done for various musicians lately. You’ll notice the “Apparel” button just popped up on the menu. Feel free to look around there and shoot me an email if you’d like to get some snappy shirts made. I just recently finished working with Judicator, and Machines of man. Both of those projects were a lot of fun to draw, can’t wait to see those nuggets printed. Here’s a quick look! Anyways, that’s all for now, hope to make another post soon.
Hey everyone. Hope you’ve all been having a great beginning of 2013, I know I have. So far I’ve been holding onto my resolutions to be more creative (hopefully) and try things that I’m not very comfortable with, and so far so good! You may have noticed the website changing slightly ever so often, as I’m fiddling with the content and how you get to it, so bare with me. I’ve been able to get a few various drawings and paintings done, so I thought I’d share them with you. The first is a painting for a League of Legends character named “Teemo” showing off a “Ghostly” skin idea I had for him. It was lots of fun to paint! Along with that is some Sci-fi drawing, which was also pretty fun. I’ve got a few more ideas coming out in the next bit, should be exciting!
Hope you’ve all had a great new year so far. I’ve been busy on a lot of stuff, and I’m happy to share some of it with you. I thought I would kick off the new year with a new drawing, feel free to check it out. In other news, I’ve released a song I’ve written and recorded myself, and I’d like to announce that I’ll be releasing my own album sometime this year. I’ll post a link to the song below. I’m excited and nervous at the same time, but I’m hoping for the best! I hope to have more stuff up on the site, so keep checking back at the blog. Cheers!
The end of 2012 is just about here, I’m looking forward to the new year! 2012 has yielded to be a year of learning and bumpy progression. In 2013 I hope to become focused on the things I really want to get done. I’ve just begun recording my own album, which is something very new for me. I’ve had my hand in plenty of recording, but never have I made something purely from me, and in a serious effort at that. While I have no set dates on anything, I will keep blog readers informed as best as I can…! I’m excited to see how my own music will be received. I’ve got a few ideas working up in the art department, but nothing totally finished yet. Here’s a loose concept painting for a creepy slaughter house I thought up. “Butcher’s Hook”.
It’s been a while! Again! I’ve been way busy with some projects and taking some personal time off from my work. As some of you may have noticed, there have been a ton of new changes to the website. Mostly, I threw out a bunch of work that was cluttering up my portfolio. The website currently shows my most recent work, and some of my best in my opinion! Feel free to have a look around at some of the new things I’ve got up. Stay thirsty my friends.