I have a small amount of my official John Carpenter's 'Christine' prints available now in the store. These are all signed stamped and numbered, 18x24" four colour prints. Created for Fright Fest Originals. You can find them in the store right now.
The edition of this new print is 60, and as always all prints are signed, stamped and numbered and available exclusively through Dan-Mumford.com.
Prints are £45 and available from the store now!
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for Virus magazine, below is the interview in English translated from its native German! You can pick up a copy here.
At what point in your life did you feel an inclination to create dark art, and was there a particular inspiration for that?
Its pretty much just been something i've always been interested in. Growing up I loved horror and scifi films, video games and comics, I also played in metal bands and was part of a really active music scene at home. It was just a natural thing to create artwork for as it fitted with everything i was interested in. As much as it might disappoint people though I actually just try to create beautiful artwork, thats more important to me, and in my personal work these days the dark aspect is definitely toned down, and at the very least its more alluded to than actually graphically illustrated.
When you began to create darker art, how was it received by your family and friends? Were your gifts encouraged?
When I started to illustrate properly and had taken it up as an education choice and went to university, my family life became quite distant apart from my dad and sister, and they have only ever been supportive of me creating artwork. This was nothing to do with the artwork, just the status quo in my life at that time. I'm sure to an extent that fed into my work. Im not sure my greater family quite understands what i do other than create art, but everyone has always been very supportive.
What do you feel distinguishes your style from others?
I would like to think its the way I create art and compose an image. I also think my use of colour is quite distinct, i generally use quite vibrant colours where others might tone it down.
How long does an average project take, and do you prefer to work digitally or manually?
I work almost entirely digitally these days, its easier and allows a lot more freedom. I love to create art with pen and ink, but the reality of it is that digital illustration technology allows me to do the same thing on a screen in a smoother way, and i don't think it impacts my style at all, the transition from pen and paper to computer and tablet for me was pretty seamless. As far as how long it takes, that can vary wildly. From a couple of days to a whole month.
Do you listen to music while you're working? Do you have any favorite songs?
I actually tend to listen to podcasts or watch reruns of tv shows like seinfeld in the background. Its a bit weird, but i really like to have something that you can just dip into and not focus on, comedy works well for that. It also takes my focus away from the image and allows me to get into a weird sort of trance like state with the work. I cant really explain it, but it works for me and before you know it, hours have passed. Music works too, but not as much these days, it washes over me.
Are there any artists out there who inspire you? Do you have a favorite?
Of course, there are many amazing artists out there, too many to name, everyone working in the same world as me is amazing in their own way. Its a weird niche that only a few people understand, and its always nice to talk to fellow artists about it. If I were to name one artist though, James Jean has always been fascinating to me, incredibly beautiful work. He creates work that I cant deconstruct. Most pieces of artwork I can look at and understand at least to an extent how they were created, but James Jean has such an incredible way of working that you just cant replicate.
Which piece do you feel was the one that earned you the most recognition?
It would have to be the Gallows artwork for 'In The Belly of A Shark'. For some reason that piece just clicked with the masses. Im always asked about it and i'm extremely proud of it. It captured a time and a place for myself and the band.
Of your whole gallery, which piece is your favorite?
I dont have a favourite. I cant really answer that question easily. I struggle hugely with enjoying my artwork after its been produced, i can only ever see flaws where others wouldn't even think about it. Its really annoying actually, and I'm slowly starting to overcome that. Im proud of all the work i have released as prints in the last year, i think thats the best answer i can give! Each one has been a stepping stone for me, learning and trying new techniques and spending as much time as each piece needed on it without rushing anything. As a whole collection they are some of my favourite pieces.
Disqualifying commissions, are there any factors that influence how you choose your next art piece?
Not really, i have a huge list of ideas and things i want to create. It generally comes down to what idea is feeling good for me at the moment when i have some free time, i try to move between a few personal pieces all at once so that when one gets a bit stale i can take a break and move onto something else for a week or so.
Interview by Moaner T Lawrence.
Very excited to announce my new print for release today. I was approached a few months back by Matt Harlock, one of the directors of 'American-The Bill Hicks story' to produce a print for the 20th Anniversary of Hicks' passing. I had the wonderfully iconic photo by Graham Haber to work from as reference, and it was a pleasure to put a new spin on it.
'Legend' is a 2 colour print, A2 in size, 16.5" x 23.5", with metallic silver ink, only 30 available from an edition of 130 (100-130).
All signed, stamped and numbered. Available in the store now.
I have a new print for Fright Fest Originals on sale now for the classic 1983 movie, Christine. It comes in two colour ways, and is limited to 40 for the regular edition and 25 for the variant Green version. Both versions are 18"x24" and 4 colour on 300gsm paper.
Theres only 7 more days left to pick up my new print 'Rose' via the Skull & Heart kickstarter! There's only 8 left of the £50 option, in which you get Rose as well as a ton of other great things. Make sure to pledge quickly if you are hoping to pick up 'Rose' as it won't be printed again, and this is the only way to make sure you get a copy of the print! Skull&Heart are also only 15% away from hitting their target too! So please pledge and make sure we can hit 100% and exceed it in the next week! Its going to enable a great and show and mean myself and some other great artists can get down to the exhibition and take part.
Also over the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of blogging for S&H, you can read all my blogs below which covers various influences, amazing artists and just things that i like in general. Hopefully ill be doing quite a bit more blogging for them coming up!
All in the eyes - the process behind 'Rose'.
Xenomorph - Why the Alien in Alien is the best creation ever.
Virtual worlds - My favourite worlds to get lost in.
Learning to love digital - Why the digital age isn't all that bad.
Masters of their art - Some of my favourite artists out there today.
Comice & Me - Comics are awesome, these are my favourites.
I am very happy to announce i have a new print available right now exclusively through Skull & Heart. The only way to get the print is by backing Skull & Heart's new kickstarter campaign, not only will you get Rose but you get some other great stuff alongside it, stickers, postcards, badges and more. The kickstarter also has some beautiful new work from Tim Mcdonagh and Will Exley available.
The Kickstarter is to help S&H put on an exhibition of the great work they have been producing over the last 2 years, The Colour Series. Not only will it enable them to put the exhibition on, but also have some of their artists come down for live drawing events and talks, including myself. Overall its shaping up to an awesome time. Any contribution really helps, so please take a look at the kickstarter and help S&H keep bringing young talent and awesome art to the forefront.
To kick things off I am also taking over on the S&H blog for the next week where I will be posting about inspiration, work processes and general awesome things. So check back on the S&H website each day for new posts from myself and make sure to follow them on facebook, twitter and instagram for updates from S&H.
Very excited to announce my new print for the excellent guys at Dark City. THE DESCENT! The Descent is one of my favourite horror movies from recent times, so when Dark City and Pathe gave me the oppurtunity to work on something official for the film i jumped at the chance.
We tried to put something together that represented the suspense and mystery surrounding the opening act of the film where the creatures weren't the focus! Whiteduck did a spectacular job on the printing as always too!
You can pick up the print from Dark City now!
I teased a brand new print just before christmas, and today is the day for its release. Radiant Dusk is the follow up to the sold out Radiant Dawn! The Radiant series is a spirtual follow up to the Nuclear Summer series of prints i did way back in 2007, i always wanted to explore the themes and ideas of beauty in destruction and epic scenes more than i had initially, and the Radiant series is my place to now do so. Theres plans for more coming up too, this is hopefully just the beginning of quite an epic series.
Radiant Dusk is a 4 Colour screen print on 270gsm archival stock, A2 (420x594mm). The edition of the print is 60 and as always all prints come signed, stamped and numbered. The edition was printed expertly by the guys at Whiteduck who did an amazing job as always.
You can check out the print in the store here and see more details below.