Daniel Hurd, 40 years old, male, and I live in the United States
I took some college courses at the Art Institute of Chicago but didn’t graduate
Character design and Illustration
What is your journey up until this point?
I spent a lot of years working in a factory near Detroit Michigan. I always wanted to do art for a living but felt I wasn’t good enough. Eventually I lost my factory job and decided I needed to dedicate myself to a career in art. I wasn’t happy working in a factory, and figured if I’m going to fail at something it may as well be my dreams. So now a few years later I’m working in the animation Industry in Los Angeles. I recently worked on the Netflix Show Paradise PD.
What is your inspiration? Where do you go for inspiration?
I get inspiration from so many things, sometimes it’s a piece of art I see online, or maybe someone riding the bus, or a movie, or even a song. Inspirations is everywhere!
Who inspires you?
So many people inspire me. Artists like Chris Sanders, Bill Watterson, Hayao Miyazaki, Jhonen Vasquez, Dave Creek, Bob Cavin, Patrick Mchale, Jim Carrey, jeez, the list goes on and on!
Who is your biggest support? Who supported you the most?
My family. My wife and kids, my mom and dad, my brothers. They have been there during the worst times.
Have you won any awards or appreciation for you work? What was the award for and when did you get it?
No awards, unless you count the ones I got in middle school and high school! My art was featured on an episode of Bob’s Burgers though- which was sort of an award. lol
What do you like about your work?
That’s a tough one. I’m very picky about my work. I would say my favorite thing is that I don’t stick too much to one style. I like to keep things fresh and simple.
What do you find the most challenging?
Plateauing. I frequently find it harder and harder to make the next big breakthrough in my art. You just gotta keep drawing!
What do you want to say to your fans?
Thank you! I enjoy when my art makes people happy. It’s fulfilling to know that my art can make someone smile, or inspire them to pursue art.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for interviewing me!