Interview with Dan Mumford
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.