Daniel Roode

I try to get to nature as much as possible, meditate, day dream, collect toys and records. My heart and soul are baked in all things vintage except for making most of my art on the computer.

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Where do you live?
Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, ny

Where have you lived?
Upsate NY, Boston MA, and the greater Boston area.

What medium do you use?
I work primarily digitally.

How do you stay inspired?
I try to get to nature as much as possible, meditate, day dream, collect toys and records. My heart and soul are baked in all things vintage except for making most of my art on the computer.

Where do you buy your art supplies?
The same place I do most of my shopping . . .the internet.

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
Both, but mostly digitally, it’s cleaner and my kitties can’t get in the paint.

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
I’ve always liked to create visually. It’s challenging and rewarding.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I’d be keeping the beat behind a set of drums to be sure.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Ooh! I’d love to see my characters spun into a TV show and would love to see them as plushy or vinyl toys.

Name something you do in your spare time.
I walk, run, chill out, fret a lot, cook, drum, do the NYT Sunday crossword, meditate, play video games.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
Yet to come?

What are you reading now?
I’m behind on reading.

Where would you like to travel to next?
India

What’s your favorite TV show?
Twin Peaks

What’s your favorite NPR show?
Fresh Air.

What movie have you seen several times?
Dead Man, After Hours, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Dumbo

Who are you in “The Office”?
That’s hard. I think I’m just a mash up of them all.

What is your favorite cheese?
Any, I guess, except for the runny ones. yuck.

Do you wear shoes when you do art?
No, it’s slippers, flip flops or bare feet for me.

What do you listen to while you work?
NPR, podcasts, Wfmu.

What artist are you reincarnated from?
I like so many artists from the past and now that I couldn’t really say. I love Art Seiden, J.P. Miller, Mary Blair etc.

What’s your middle name?
Patrice

What do you wish your middle name was?
I like my middle name.

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
Pizza.

How do you stay in shape?
Running

How don’t you stay in shape?
Pizza

How do you take your coffee?
Black if it’s a good brew, a splash of soy milk if it isn’t.

Whom would you like to meet?
Hm. Most of my heroes are long gone but I’d be just giddy to meet David Lynch.

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
I just finished working on a board book with my wife. She art directed it and I illustrated. It was a great team up!

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
I was fortunate enough to illustrate two picture books of my very own and have them published. That was pretty awesome.

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