Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hmmmm.... where should I start?.. Not that there's very much unusual going on with me, I think. Nothing that would be of bigger notion anyways.
Ah well. Most people out here Know me as Dano and my face outwards is in the shape of a chubby fox with beard and long hair, blue eyes and a careless and relaxed attitude. Most of it resembles me, as in how I would like to picture myself.
My real name is Joel, and yes, I'm totally fine with you calling me that c: I'm a swede, eats meatballs, surströmming, fika and marabou chocolate, combined with some of the strongest coffee in Europe.
I work part-time at the elder-care, tends to my farm for the most of my free time and sometimes gets an open evening for drawing, gaming or crafting. When it comes to drawing, I have way too much that I want to do and waaayy to little time to do it. Same goes for the crafting. What I'm doing right now is to find a way for me to become more effective and find a way to give me more time for my passion, which lies in my art. I mostly draw Anthro art but does some modelling and concept drawing on the side. When I craft, I mostly work with either Metal, wood, leather or fabric and discovers the mysteries of different craftsmanships of old.
How long have you been doing art?
Pretty much for as long as I can remember, I suppose. Mom has been telling me that I used to draw a lot of mermaids, even though I don't have any clear memory of it.
What brought about your interest into Anthro?
When I think back, I now see that I've always liked and fascinated over animal/human crossings and transformations and such in film and stories. And when I were 14, when my young-man-life were swirling around in the confusing world of teenage emotions, I stumbled upon the cover of Starfox Adventures (yes I've played this very "meh"-able game) and saw that blue face of this mysterious canine female character. I was struck. I even remember the very moment.
I guess most people reading this will smack their foreheads to this - the most obvious icon of anthro fan art and fiction, but Krystal started an avalanche of internet blipping that bit by bit unveiled this new world for me. Upon the wings of artists like Jay Naylor and Ken Singshow, I took the highway straight into the anthro community.
Do you have a fursona or favourite character? If so, what inspired it?
I've always liked foxes. And the huge Krystal sledgehammer and the various imagined characters I started to create gave me a special fondness for canine anthros.
First I had my own anthro representative in the fox guy named Jonathan. He was pretty much how I wanted to be. Thin, funny and and a bit corny. As I grew more confident in myself and my own character, I started to make him look more like myself, chubby, clumsy and adorkable. By then, his name had changed from Jonathan to Dano. danogambler.deviantart.com/art…
Dano Gambler was the main character of the VERY FIRST ATTEMPT OF A STORY I EVER MADE.... which was a Starwars fanfic x3 So as a symbol of the very start of my life of storytelling, Dano Gambler became my alter ego.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Wow... that's a hard question.
I guess that if I look back, Better days, by
was the very first anthro comic I read and followed. I were incredibly inspired by his style in the beginning, before I found more and more amazing artists that made a huge impression on my own style.
was also one of the first to draw my attention... and my time together with the most lovely kitten
was the spring of some of my most inspiring and rewarding days of art.
has been there as a dear and inspiring friend pretty much all since I started to post my first images online.
There are literally so many people out there that has been a huge inspiration and just amazing human beings and deserves all love they can get. I can't name them all though.. x3
Where else do you draw your inspiration from?
Nature and epic places are some of my favorite sources of inspiration. If not the scenery itself, then just the feeling of the atmosphere. I also find loads of inspiration in my crafts. I love to draw practical designs when it comes to clothes, armor and weapons and many other thing. I just have a great love for the living material of things. If I would design a costume for cosplay, I would go as far as to think "hmm... what material would be available in Hyrule... I guess I should make the shirt in a linen/silk mix to really express this persons economical standard.. and then a nice embroidered felt tunic and a pair of nice deerskin gloves..."
You may think of it as a stretch, but I just LOVE the theoretical part of the creative process... Hmm... getting away from the matter at hand... ah well, you can see here what inspires me at least x3
What are you looking to improve in your art?
Everything. You've stopped evolving when you are completely satisfied with something. You can always improve. But to be specific, I'd love to hone my expressive skills, and also train on making my art look more "clean".. if you know what I mean. Nice and tidy.
When do find yourself being the most creative?
When I have less other things to think about. Normally, I have work, a big house, five cats, two dogs, hens, 18 horses, a workshop, a barn, huuuuuuuuuuuge amount of garbage, 10 hectare of pastures and a garden to take care of..... so I tend to have a lot on my mind...
The few times that I can just put everything else aside, i bade in the relaxation of creative work. Drawing, painting, writing or crafting. That is my life blood.
What are your future aspirations for your work?
When it comes to crafts:
I have lots of friend that are willing to help me, move to my area and start a crafting company together with me as a community. If that works out, one of my biggest dreams of creating a small village of crafters will be almost complete.
When it comes to drawing:
I have a comic that is called Droran. And I consider it to become one of my bigger works of my life. I really hope I can get there and make my story reach out to the masses so that I can fully give myself to this, my passion.
How do you battle Art Block?
I'm totally convinced that there's no such thing. There's just about the matter of "getting started". That goes for most things in life. Just start and then most things will become easier as you go along.
Any words of advice for other artists?
Get started. Don't hesitate. If you feel like it, you can make great progress by giving your work some structure. Start to make lists of what to do and when and in which order. That administrative progress in itself can be really inspiring and fun!
One last thing. Tell us something completely random about yourself!
I'm a viking! Fear my beard!!
Also, I love to sing.