This one is a chatterbox (and we mean that in a nice sense). Welcome to the wonderful world that Dale lives in…
My name is Dale and I’m an illustrator/general human being currently living in Leeds. I studied illustration & animation at Kingston and it was a hoot. Before then I did my foundation at Leeds College of Art, it was also a hoot. You learn some great things at uni – profound I know.
I work a lot with humour, I think the world is grumpy enough as it is and I aim to help that wherever possible. I take my inspiration from the things I see and hear, letting them sit in my head for a while, waiting for ideas to sprout and then quickly writing them down. You never know when they’re going to pop up so I always keep some form of idea writing device near at all times.
I enjoy drawing scenes filled with people and things interacting with each other, seeing what they get up to if left to their own devices – it’s often a surprise even to me which is cool. I like words. My work often features some form of speech or wordly element in it, I kind of just see it as another part of the image to play with.
I also like to create big bold images with thick lines and bright colours. It may seem a bit far removed from the detailed scenes, but I just see it as a zoomed in version with a different tone – like italicising a word, or making it bold, it just depends what you’re trying to say.
I do editorial pieces where possible and have worked for clients such as Boston Globe, The IT Factor and Munchies – I enjoy working to a deadline and seeing what I can come up with under pressure. It’s also nice not knowing what the brief is going to be and letting it influence your work.
I make games. I am currently making a game called Cliff Parchment: The Mystery of Skeleton Lake – a sort of homage to the classic adventure games like Monkey Island and Grim Fandango, but with a modern twist. There’s actually a kickstarter up at the mo (shameless plug I know) if you want to get involved – you can get your name in the room of gorgeous thanks if you like. Doesn’t that sound fun? It probably doesn’t.
I make music in my spare time, using real life instruments and words. I also like to write poems and stories, and just generally like to make things. I hum to myself a lot and make up words and phrases. I sometimes wear a hat. Decent decent Liam Neeson.
To conclude, I like to write things, draw things, look at things, listen to things and my sketchbooks are like little tiny children to me that I write all over. I think that more or less sums it up.
PS. I’m really good at fingerboarding.