Daniel, please briefly introduce you to the readers.
Well, people generally call me Dan, when someone calls me Daniel it’s usually someone who’s been a long time friend from childhood, this gives a sense of nostalgia. However I really don’t mind what I’m called. Sometimes I even go by Dan the man, I don’t mind that. Makes me feel like quite a man, however that may not be the case as most people called Dan get that, and they could be really not much of a man.
So hello, I’m Dan, Daniel, Dan the man or, Danielson, or mate, even Steve if you would like to…
When did you start with graphic design? What have been the main stages of your artistic career till today?
I got into Graphic Design once I left school. I’d always been into art and music so it was natural for me to follow it once I left.
I then went to university and studied a Bachelor of Media Arts and from there I worked in a few advertising agencies. This drained my creativity completely so I decided to leave and do my own thing.
This happened gradually by working part time for a screen printing company which was super cool as I learnt a lot about the practical manufacturing side of the the industry and it also gave me an inroad to do my own things on the side by using their equipment.
I left that about a year ago now, and have been full-time doing my thing since, which I feel super blessed to be able to do, and now I have a tone of freedom.
Is your style changed over time? How do you define it now?
My style has definitely changed substantially, I started with realism and was almost a snob towards people with a similar style to my current style. The irony of that is quite funny and I’m sure my style will continue to develop over time.
I’d say my style would be predominantly linework inspired by the surf, skate, moto and tattoo culture.
Please briefly describe your artistic process and the techniques and mediums you use.
In my current process I uses a Wacom Cintiq tablet for almost everything unless I’m painting.
This has changed the game for me as I used to do everything by hand and scan it in, so this has skipped that whole process and saves a ton of time.
I’ll start with a rough idea and sketch out a bunch of concepts, and from there will develop and refine it. Most my stuff is done using adobe photoshop as I find that it gives a more hand drawn feel than illustrator, however I will still use illustrator if things need to be vector or for logos.
Photoshop for illustration generally and Illustrator for branding and typography.
The moto culture, how does it influence your art? Why do you love the two wheels?
I love the classic aesthetic of motorcycles, there’s something raw about them which just inspires me in my art.
And as a kid I frothed motorbikes, riding them was my favourite thing to do and I guess that’s stuck with me up until today.
They give such a sense of freedom an joy.
What do you ride? What about your latest adventure on the road?
I’m currently riding a Honda dominator, it’s basically an XR650.
So I’m turning it into a bit of a scrambler or tracker.
My most recent adventure has been riding across Australia. I did about 10000kms in the last 6 weeks on that thing, definitely do not recommend riding through the Australian desert on a motorcycle.
It’s just straight roads for days, and it’s not pleasant on the toosh, especially on a single cylinder 650.. However, over all it was a rad trip and made me realise how massive Australia is.
In addition to motorcycles, what kind of subject matter do you like to draw?
Anything quirky really, something that has a bit of humour.
Love drawing things related to surfing and skating as that’s a massive part of my life.
What do you do when you don’t have any idea, no inspiration during the design process?
Go for a surf or a skate. Drink lots of coffee.
It’s a strange thing, creativity can’t just be turned on so I find you’ve gotta do things that create it, and trying to think of strange ideas outside the box helps.
Also looking at other artists that inspire you is a good help, however you can’t do too much of that, as you’ll end up creating something to similar to what you’ve previously seen without even realising.
Your local artistic scene, is it exciting? What is your relationship with local artists?
There’s not a massive scene where I live, however it does seem to be growing.
I’ve also only been on the Gold Coast for the past two years, so I’m only just getting to know people, the artists I do know here are super rad and inspirational.
It’s real cool too because they’re not competitive and no ones trying to dog anyone, we all seem pretty stoked at what each persons doing. So yeah there’s good relationships there.
What are you working at the moment?
At the moment I’ve got a couple of projects on the go, a few branding jobs but the thing I’m really excited about is a collab with an illustrator overseas.
So you’ll have to wait and see as it’s a little hush.
Any future plans or artistic dreams you can share with us?
I’ve got no major plans at the moment, really just want to do a whole heap more exploring of this world and be able to do some rad art with cool people while I’m at it.
Things cycle though, I might have an epic idea in the next few days which could change a lot so you’ll just have to follow the journey.
Where can we follow “Buttery Studio”?
You can follow the journey on instagram @buttery_studio or on my website, I really need to blog a bit more but I update my site quite often.
Also if you’re in the hood, come grab a coffee, my studios in Currumbin, Gold Coast, Australia.