Welcome to our Fourteenth edition of Artist Spotlight. This week’s Artist is Daniel P. Gorman!
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: I am a trained Medical Illustrator which is my day job. I work at a Law Firm in Akron, Ohio and I create Illustrations that are used as Demonstrative Exhibits during court room proceedings. At night.. I am a very busy Comic Book Illustrator and Sketch Card Artist for various publishing companies having worked for AC Comics, Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Rittenhouse Archives and Cryptozoic Entertainment to name a few.
Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)
A: As a Medical Illustrator I am currently sketching out images in a program called Sketch Book Pro.. then finishing the color work in Photoshop.
As a penciler I work with a mechanical pencil loaded with Non-Photo Blue lead for roughing in the pages then I do the detail work with another mechanical pencil loaded with H or HB lead.. I prefer a .07.
For Sketch Card work I rough in the image with a Non-Photo blue lead then either ink it with a 00 or a 000 brush and color it with Copic Markers.. or I jump straight to watercolor and finiah the image that way with a little guache thrown in as well.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: My Medical Illustration career started right out of College with a small exhibit design firm in Fairlawn, Ohio where I worked for about 4 years before moving on to my current job.
As a penciler.. I sent sample pages to AC in the summer of 2011. The editor Mark Heike liked my work enough to give me an 8 page story which appeared in FemForce #158. I have a 9 page story in #160 and currently have a script I will be penciling very soon for an upcoming issue.
I got my break into Sketch Cards in 2010. I was at Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA and Louis Small Jr. stopped by my table talking about his work for Breygent Marketing and how they were looking for some help wrapping up a few sets. Louis gave me the contact info.. I emailed Tom Breyer at Breygent when I returned home and immediately received blanks for their “Sci-Fi/Horror Movie Posters set 2” and “Golden Age of Comics Heroes and Villians.” From their I landed work with Upper Deck on their Marvel properties and have been under deadline for either a Sketch Card or a Comic Book project ever since.
Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)
A: I have always loved Comic Book Illustration and gravitate toward the works of John Romita, Sr., Alex Saviuk, Mike Zeck, and Todd McFarlane in addition to the works of Jeff Smith as well. From the world of fine art, I am a huge fan of Norman Rockwell, Caravaggio, DaVinci and Monet.
Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?
A: I get the most satisfaction out of a really well penciled Comic Book Page.. or a nicely Illustrated Medical Procedure.
Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?
A: I have had the opportunity to work on a number of different licensed properties as a Sketch Card Artist which include sets featuring characters from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Comics, Image Comics, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Nevermore Alice and Luxura. I worked on Cryptozoic’s 2011 release of the “CBLDF: Liberty Comics” set which featured a multitude of independently published properties. I have and continue to work on FemForce by AC Comics and am currently penciling pages for a book called “Mac & Trouble” by Rusty Ink/What The Flux Comics which will debut soon.
Q: What is your Dream Project? (if you have one)
A: Before I die I’d love to pencil a story for a major publisher like Marvel or DC. I’d also like to work in the Star Wars Universe just once. My dream in regards to Star Wars would be to pencil a story for a Dark Horse publication. That would be epic!
Q: What do you like about the art world?
A: The immense amount of talent, creativity I see everyday from my peers and the feeling of being part of a huge family of amazing artists.
Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?
A: The business side. When you do work and aren’t paid in a timely manner. For some reason artwork is not preceived the same way as other services are. When a Mechanic fixes your breaks you pay the man or he keeps your vehicle. Most of the companies and people I work for pay on time.. every time.. but some dont seem to treat it as a priority. It happens in all of the fields of art and design I’ve ever worked in. It makes life very difficult on us as artists. We have bills to pay as well. Other than that.. I really have no complaints.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given professionally?
A: Promote yourself!! No one will believe in you unless you believe in yourself. You have to make people want your work. You can’t expect people to just come find you. If you build it… they WON’T come unless you tell them where you are at.
Q: What is your goal, professionally?
A: To be successful as an Illustrator and to be able to support myself on my work. I’d like to own my own studio one day.
Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)
A: The support of my family and friends. My parents never discouraged me as a kid.. in fact it was the exact opposite. My friends always believed in me even when I doubted myself and that I can never live with out.
Q: Are you open for commissions, and if so, how can people contact you?
A: I am always available to discuss commissions.. I never like to turn down work but I do have a number of deadlines pending between now and the end of 2012. But if you really want something and are willing to wait a little while before you get it. we can talk. I can be contacted at Gdan75@gmail.com about commissions. Prices vary but I’m usually pretty reasonable.
Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)
A: The ability to see one’s true intentions. I think knowing when you are dealing with someone who is honest and trust worthy.. that is very important.
If you would like to learn more about Daniel, see more of his work, commission him – or anything else in between… his contact info is listed below! 🙂 Thanks for reading, and Thanks Daniel, for being our Fourteenth Artist Spotlight! 🙂
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