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For years, Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net boiled down to just two things – amazing art and the artists who create it. With that in mind, we thought, why not set aside the first week of the month to showcase these amazing artists even more? Welcome to the Awesome Artist We Found Online section. In this column, we will focus on one artist and the amazing art they create, whether they are hobbyists, promising, or well established. The goal is to reveal these artists so that even more people can get to know them. We ask these artists a few questions to learn about their origins, influences and more. If you are a cool artist or know someone to be mentioned, feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]… This month we are thrilled to bring you some amazing art …
Dan Mumford is a freelance illustrator based in Central London, UK at Studio Dan Mumford Limited. Over the past 14 years, Dan has worked in the pop culture and music scene, creating everything from album covers, branding and screen captures to new interpretations of classic movie posters and albums.
Clients include Disney, Hasbro, Apple, Adobe, Sony, Wizards of the Coast, Icon Motoports, CBS, Iron Maiden, Metallica and many other bands and record companies around the world. Dan has hosted several gallery shows in America over the past few years and has performed at many festivals and events around the world, including Adobe Max, Offf Festival, Bump Festival, various universities across the UK and more.
JoBlo: How did you start as an artist?
Dan Mumford: Love for comics and cartoons. This was my favorite pastime as a child, so I recreated the various characters in my own style. It led me to just really enjoy the art when I was growing up, and it came naturally to me. It will be either art or literature, something to do with storytelling and storytelling. I always thought I could make my way into the comics, or at least it was an aspiration.
Who are your favorite childhood artists?
As a kid, it was all about 90s Marvel and DC comics. I try not to tie it to a specific artist, because it was the whole atmosphere and feeling of those comics that were part of my work. I accepted all the comics I could. And in fact, besides the big two, I also really liked the 2000AD comics, which were much more popular in the UK at the time. These comics had a real inky dark style, and it really influenced the way I learned to draw a lot.
Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
This question is impossible to answer, I really don’t want to highlight anyone! But some people who create incredible works Marko Manev, Tracy Ching, In Lawson, SignalNoise, Matt Saunders, Vance Kelly, Kevin Wilson, Jesse Ebsworth, Felicity Marshall, Luke Preece, William Exley, Mary Lou Fore, Kerwin Brissot, Suzy Kemp, Nico De Lort, Ari Liloan, Bella Grace, Jeff Boyes, Murugiya, Drew Millward, Geographic law, Swopes, Gemma O Brien, Richie Beckett, Tom Howie… I mean the list is endless, I can go on and on. Basically, I follow a lot of great artists and I am fortunate enough to call a lot of them friends.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists today?
Try to find your voice, don’t try to imitate other artists too much. Of course, look for inspiration from them, but when it comes to creating your own work, try to come up with something of your own. It is always difficult for me when I see great young artists appear, but I immediately see where they borrowed certain elements and techniques from other artists. Take these things and mix them with you, it will always help you stand out a lot more.
What should we expect from you in the future?
I just released one of my favorites that I worked on with the Bottleneck Gallery. We did a lot of licensing work for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a real love letter from me to the original cartoon. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, trying to get it right and really paying tribute to the show. Following this, I chase this feeling, it was amazing to remember my childhood so clearly, and we have plans to do several similar works. And I’m going to make a few more pieces based on my other passion – video games.
As a fan site, we have to ask you … What are your favorite movies / TV shows of all time?
This question is always very difficult to answer, and it changes frequently, I watch A LOT of everything. But for films, I’ll say Mad Max: Fury Road (instant classic after release, perfect movie), Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, the full Fast and Furious franchise and … Blade Runner. TV show. I’ll go a little less on the sci-fi route and say Office (US version, perfect for TV), Oz, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Futurama, The Bridge (original version) and T. D. lately Boys and the Mandalorian.
Avengers: Infinity War
Batman: The Animated Series
Buffy Vampire Salon
Friday the 13th
Earth before time
Masters of the Universe
Resident evil 3
Zombie named Sean
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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