Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to kick off your new week. Today, we have the bright, colourful illustrations and patterns of Daniel Campbell. And a potato with a face on it.
Power tool: The hedge trimmer that Tara Reid wields at the end of Sharknado – with 3 cans of spraypaint glued on the end.
Power song: Vessels – Tall Ships
Power snack: Uncle Ben’s magic 2 minute rice
It’s not often I’m called Bertie Bassett or Ears in an email, but when I am, I know it’s because I’m receiving an email from Daniel Campbell, aka CatchphraseDan. When you look at his work, it’s easy to see why there was a reference to sweets there; he’s either inspired by the bright, bold colours of sweet wrappers, or he’s eaten so many of them that he produces all his work in a sugar-induced state where all he sees is that rush of coloured spots you see when you close your eyes really tight and spin around really fast. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Try it. Now.
Judging by the photos on his Instagram account, Dan uses a combination of Molotow pens, spraypaint and Dairylea cheese triangles to create his crazy characters. He also enjoys anthropomorphising things like oranges/fat carrots, doughnuts (RIP) and real life, actual potatoes.
Even with just a quick flick through the work he’s posted on his social media sites (his website is currently under construction), you can see Dan is a master of both the ultra-detailed and minimal when it comes to conveying expression in his characters’ faces.
Want to see more colour? You crazy cats. Check out Dan’s stuff on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, and you can buy some of his original art and handmade accessories on his Etsy shop. Also keep an eye out on his site for new work soon!
Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to email@example.com and we’ll check you out!