Slurp squish squish! Splash slurp-burp squish snort? Squi-sh slarp slurp shush, blurt. Blurt splash. Eek squis slurb strul snort slarp, shush. Slip haap eew squi ubb, twii. Slom urp slap swift, slup! Slup! Awss blupr squash splif, snort ? Snort slurp eek squish. Strul boow, squish Daniel Simon, slurp turp No Reason! (As today is the first time that we have an octopus-monster in the traditional Saturday illustration, we took some liberties and let the octopus write the introduction. There's nothing more to add, here's Daniel’s interview.)
Daniel is 29. He split his time between the beautiful city of Toronto, and the vast wilderness of his imagination where, he confesses, he walks into things a lot. And as Daniel is a freelance graphic designer, it's pretty good to have imagination (and energy, and patience, and culture...). But especially energy, as living thanks thank to our creations is much more difficult that we thought. Daniel is trying to break into illustration with Children's Books, Cartoons and some other comic related content, even if that means to do grunt studio work for Marketing and Advertising Agencies, Web Design and a smattering of other graphics related work for now. He also recently got approached to work on Graphic User Interfaces as a design consultant for a Business application developer. Yes, he's kind of a Jack-of-all-Trades when it comes to graphics, and gosh, what a great TV shows it was.
Daniel loves drawing. Man, we feel like we say this every single week. We do in fact. It's pretty pleasant to work with happy artists! Any way he loves typography and package design. Remember that every time you buy a toilet roll or a Rolex watch, a designer created by his little hand the packaging and the typography to make you want this product, it's a communicative work that Daniel really likes: "I love creating things that communicate and engage people. I like that things I create affect people, which is one of my philosophies about art. I believe that real fine art is art that interacts and engages its audience."
At least, his "to do" list is enormous. He's currently working on his website and on top of that he has two client websites he's working on. Add to the list two different Children’s books (with two different authors), a short graphic story, and a few pitches for Cartoons, and you're just scratching the surface. He also has some scribbled notes about writing a book.
-I had a hard time choosing one, and ultimately, Alice (you [me]) made the decision. When I wrote in inquiring about doing one, Chris Hallbeck's was held up as the gold standard, which I completely agree with as being one of the best illustrated FML's. The phrase 'Take it one step further' was used, so I combed through the archives looking for just the right one. My only real parameters were 'Something vague enough to be taken to a weird place.' I found five or seven that fit the bill [we believe there's a lot more ..] , and bouncing the idea back and forth with Alice produced this one as the winner. I'm pretty happy about this one too. I love drawing monsters.
I've been reading FML for a few months. It's one of my time-wasters when I'm procrastinating. I'd been fighting the urge to steal some of them for scripts for comics, when I noticed Zach Weiners Illustrated FML. Then I didn't think about it for a while. Then I thought about it again. Then I was bored at a job and decided: I should do one too."