Danger Dave [dangerdave757]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am an illustrator and motion graphics artist.
What is your message?
Hi, this is Dave. I can't get to the phone right now, but leave a message and I'll get back with you as soon as I can. Thanks.
Your biography in four lines.
Now they say that virtue is it's own reward,
but when that surf comes in i'm gunna get my board,
got my own ideas about the righteous kick,
you can keep the rewards, i'd just as soon stay sick...
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Somebody tells me what to do, and I see pictures in my head.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Technology (which is spelled incorrectly in the question, by the way) is just a tool.
What is art?
What kind of question is that?
When do you get your best ideas?
Late at night when the world is quiet enough for me to hear the voices.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
If I laugh the whole time I'm working on the project.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Bath Toys for little kids that squirt water.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When my parents made a big fuss that I was able to color inside the lines.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Being tortured souls and having visual creation as our most effective means of communication is a recipe for frustration.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
How should a work of art be evaluated?
If it connects with the viewer and if it's message is clear.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
I don't think you have to reinvent yourself, but you do have to continue to grow and build on the past.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
I love Bill Waterson for his uncompromising integrity.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
I think it's a waste of public money. Art needs clients. The Sistine Chapel ceiling wasn't a fun project inspired by feelings and emotions.
Is art necessary?
Visual communication, yes. Absolutely. Art for art sake, no.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
I suppose it would a little. I don't typically sell original pieces though.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Depends on who you are. If nobody knows who you are, they're buying the art. If it's so you can tell people you have a "Dave" on your wall, you're buying the artist.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
Wherever your foot is, the next one should go in front of that somewhere.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
That's a shame, but at least they're getting an audience.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
They are generally the ones that give me the jumping off point for creating the art they need.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
A lot of illustration for people that don't really know what they want, but they'll know when they see it.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Early stages of the job when you're sort of feeling out the idea, forming it, beginning to bring it to life.
Do you personally collect any items?
Cool little sculptures from other cultures.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Never give up. Do what you love and the money will follow.
Virginia Beach, VA, United States