Who is Daniel Percy?
“My name is Daniel Percy. I have been doing art for approximately five years ever since I found out about the career path during my first year of highschool. Became smitten with the idea of being an artist immediately upon contact with it. The main focus of mine is concept art, specifically, environments and keyframes. Outside of art I take great enjoyment in reading about science, space, psychology, geopolitics and other things that I find interesting.”
“If you could only show us one project of yours, to describe what you do, which one would it be and why?”
“This is a project that I am quite fond of. It depicts two biomechanics picking apart a mechanical version of a woman and it was indeed very challenging to create. Made by a mixture of painting, 3D and photos. This represents my usual workflow quite accurately- a brief is given and with that as my point of origin images are created.”
“What’s one specific memory you never want to forget?”
“As a child I remember sneaking away from my home. This happened numerous times throughout my childhood and into my teenage years (albeit it was more of an expectation at that point. I used to go to a friend of mine to tent in his garden during summers when we were bored. We’d sit there waiting for his parents to fall asleep and when night came we would embark upon our journey.
One time I remember us walking into the industrial part of the city where we climbed over wired fences and ventured deep into closed-off factories. A bit of a sketchy ordeal given we were only about 9 years old at the time.”
“What art project are you most proud of?”
“Trick answer! Truth be told, I am rarely happy or proud of the work I make. Could be due to constantly wanting to do more and better work. The most satisfaction is, according to me, found in the process of creating. I enjoy looking at a finished piece for about 15 minutes and then I slightly cringe at the mistakes made. Onto the next one!”
“What kind of advice would you give someone who struggles to come up with ideas?”
“Read, write. Listen, speak. Observe, paint. Input equals output.
If you are starved of ideas you must indulge yourself in new experiences. Seek out new friends and let them take you places, ask someone to tell you a story, sneak into a factory.
If you simply are not able to sit down and begin drawing you must work on your habits. Make drawing as automatic of a process as brushing your teeth in the morning. Make it habitual. Then, you will need to try not to draw, it will be easy.”
“Before you start a project, what feelings or thoughts are going through your head?”
“First thing I do is look at the image in my head. There are always pictures that appear when a brief is read to me, slowly being populated as more information is described. Directly after that, sometimes simultaneously, I begin plotting the workflow needed to get to that image.
Questions such as: Do I use 3D, 2D or both? What 3D softwares will I need? What tools in that software are potentially good solutions to the eventual problems that could arise? How long will I approximately spend in 3D? What would be the advantage of only working in 2D? How can I spend the least amount of time on this picture without sacrificing quality?”
“Do you have any advice on breaking out of your artistic comfort zone?”
“Create a brief that terrifies you. That you wouldn’t even know how to do on your best day. Then set a deadline and go for it. For every failed attempt you go back to the start with a new brief and do it again. Do it until you can reach the quality you’re looking for without breaking the deadline. After that do harder briefs.”
“If you could give your younger self any art advice, what would it be?”
“People enjoy lending a helping hand, don’t be afraid to ask.
Listen to the damn brief and do it properly. Write it down in order of importance. You’ll be juggling so much information that things will get lost.
Don’t worry so much about everything that is going on around you, put your head down and get to work.
Use shortcuts. Anything you have to click more than one time per five minutes. Preferably beyond that. It’s not the speed benefit, rather that of focus.”
Remembering an artist’s name shows that you care. It’s not all about the artwork, but also who created it! If you could ask Daniel Percy any question, which one would it be? Post it in the comments down below!