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It’s a Spatial and Colourful Affair

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It’s a Spatial and Colourful Affair 

Daniel Clarke

Who influences you graphically? 

I’m mostly influenced by my surroundings and the architecture/ spaces that I stumble across. I grew up in London and I spend a lot of time exploring the city which has become a key source of inspiration for my work. I also find inspiration in key printmakers such as A.M Cassandre, Eric Ravilious and one of my favourite painters Nomata Minoru.

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What dictates your choice of colour palette? 

I’m often drawn to particular buildings or environments based on their colour palette, it’s a combination of the shapes and colours that inspire me to recreate a specific scene. I often manipulate the colours that I find to make the illustration work to my taste. If I’m illustrating an imaginary space, I’m usually a bit more open with the palette which will lead to a more vibrant colour palette.

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What is your work process? Do you work first through sketch and then post produce in photoshop? 

I work initially with a pencil drawing which will then either take the form of a gouache painting or digital collage. With the digital collage, I use a similar process to print making where each colour will be hand drawn and layered up in photoshop, this allows me to then reproduce the illustration as a print.

How does the ‘wood’ background influence the image?What is its purpose? 

These paintings were commissioned by Assemble who wanted to use the Canadian Douglas fir plywood as a reference to the location,Vancouver, where the paintings were based on. This isn’t something that I usually do but I’m interested in adapting my work to difference surfaces in the future.

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You seize to show people within the images, what is the reason and effect? 

I often avoid including characters in my illustrations as characters aren’t what inspire me to capture a scene, if they are included it will often be an after thought. The reason for this is that I enjoy reproducing the patterns, shapes and atmosphere found within an environment through it’s design and structure. To bring people into the illustration often comes as a distraction as to what I’m focusing on and can then mislead the viewer. I think the lack of characters gives a truer appreciation to the architecture which is what the focus point of my work is.

Have you ever thought of going into ‘books’ and building a visual narrative through imagery? 

Definitely, I’ve produced a book before which focused on a particular housing estate in London which was soon to be demolished. The book featured the architectural patterns found throughout the estate alongside memories of the former residents, working as a memoir of living on the estate. You can see more from this here. I’d like to work on a new book in the near future, and I expect it will be in a similar vein. I currently use my instagram as a blog so you can keep up to date with new projects over there.

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Barbican Conservatory

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Rio

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About

Daniel is a freelance Illustrator from London. His collaborations include: Amnesty Intl, the New York Times, the Smith Journal, Wallpaper* magazine, Wired Magazine, Dezeen, Assemble Studio and many others!

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