Dan Fiddis is an amazing artist and illustrator, who’s talents are highly sought after in the games industry.
He also runs marathons (he did TWO last year – not one but TWO!)
You can find out more about him and see his fab art at www.danfiddis.com
So, onto the nitty gritty Dan…
1. Where were you born?
2. Where did you grow up?
Stratford – upon – Avon.
3. What jobs have you had? (Any jobs before you became an artist/musician etc)
4. What got you started?
The realization from an early age that being creative was the career path for me. From the moment I started drawing, I knew this is wanted I wanted to do.
5. How old were you when you started?
I started professionally freelancing when I finished my masters at 23
6.Did you do any training? Where did you study?
Loughborough University (BA and Masters)
7. What was the first piece of work you did?
My first piece of work I completed, as a freelancer were illustrations for a children’s book.
8.What piece of work are you proudest of?
I’ve recently completed some work for a Marvel mobile video game, which has been approved for commercial use.
9.What are you best known for?
Comic art and illustrations
10. What do you like most about your art form?
The opportunity to create worlds, characters and scenes that could only exist in imagination.
11. What are you working on now?
Working as an Artist and integrator for Fusebox games in London.
12. Describe your favourite kind of working day.
One where you are so focused on the job at hand, you get “in the zone” and become so productive and in sync with your work, that the day flies by.
13. Who was your arts inspirations growing up?
Growing up, the artist who inspired me to become an illustrator was a man called Patrick Brown. I remember loving his style of drawing instantly, as well as his multiple fanarts of films/videogames/comics. He now is a commissioned artist at Marvel, and something I want to emulate.
14. Who are your arts inspirations now?
15.What top tip would you give to someone starting out in your artform?
Practicing and improving yourself at every opportunity. Take time away from work to practice your art as a hobby and for your own enjoyment, and remember to not expect too much of yourself when starting out. Keep expectations in check, and take confidence in knowing your capacity for improvement as long as you don’t give up.