Daniel Frost is a British illustrator who has a knack for creating vibrant moments with hints of quirkiness. Drawing simple lines to transport his viewers to curious instances, Daniel has seen his work transcend children's books and into the realm of commercial clients and multinational editorial outlets.
1. Who are you?
My Name is Daniel Frost and I'm an Illustrator from the UK. I have exhibited around the world and have worked for a list of clients, including Norse Projects, The New York Times and Transport for London. I’m also Children’s book illustrator who's books have be translated into several languages.
2. Describe your medium & process for your photos...
This depends on the type of work that I'd like to make and who I'm making it for... But I always start my work by doing lots of pencil sketches in my sketchbook. I save all my ideas good or bad, so I have hundreds of sketch books laying around the studio. It works like a great library of inspiration and ideas. For my commercial work I make the final pieces digitally, as this allows me the opportunity to work faster and make changes. But for my personal work, I prefer to use more traditional materials such as Gouache paints, as I love the process and the feel of the final product.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I think it all came from reading a lot of illustrated fiction when I was younger, I especially love the books of Roald Dahl and the illustrations by Quentin Blake. Blake’s illustrations gave such a great energy and life to Dahl story’s. I found these books very inspiring. That’s maybe why I love drawing characters and scenarios now. I get a lot of inspiration from my everyday life. I love to draw a lot when I’m out and about. There is such a rich variety of inspiration to be found in public spaces (the interaction between people and my reaction to them). The drawings that usually come out of these observations often inform both my commercial and personal work.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I think its still the simple idea being able to capture a character or situation in a drawing or a painting - nothing beats the feeling of achieving this. This is also sometimes the thing that I struggle with as it’s a fine line between getting it right or wrong. Sometimes it just works straight away, other times it takes a little longer.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
Right now I'm very excited as I'm working on new Children’s book and a big animation project, so I’m very busy! But its great, theres an amazing similarity between Illustrated books and Animation which I having a lot of fun exploring... its great to see you own characters see my drawings come to life in this way.