Could you tell us something about who you are and what you are doing?
My name is Thomas Danthony; I am a French-born illustrator and designer based in London. My work is quite diverse from big advertising commission to book cover and paintings.
When did you realize you wanted to become an illustrator?
I was trained to be a product designer; I have always done illustration on the side, but it’s when I moved to London that I realized it could be my job.
What influences your creative explorations?
Everything, mainly everyday life but also architecture, photography, movies, classic paintings, travels, nature...
You’ve worked with everyone from Google and Nokia to GQ, Ray Ban, and Penguin. What are some of your favorite publications?
Most of the time my favorite projects are in fact with smaller clients where I get more creative freedom. The result is always better.
Lately, I have done a cover for Popshot Magazine a short story and poetry magazine where I was free to explore the theme « adventure » I am very happy with the result, and I think people like it too. It was edited as a screen print just after and sold out in less than 24h!
Do you have a dream project or client?
I never worked for museums; I think it would be fun!
Do you have any recent or upcoming projects that you’re particularly excited about?
At the moment I am working on a three-dimensional project, it’s a lot of fun to think further than flat artwork!
Which materials do you prefer to work with and why? Do you have a favorite pen or paper?
My commercial work is mainly digital because it is flexible. For my painting, I use gouache because you can capture very vibrant colors.
Do you think that where you live has influenced your style? How do you keep yourself inspired?
Probably, although it’s not easy to quantify. I would probably use brighter colors if I were leaving somewhere with good light! I love to travel; I think that this keeps me fresh and gives me new subjects to work from.
Was there a point in your life when you decided you had to take a big risk to move forward?
Not really. I mean what a big risk is? I did move on my own to London after my studies, but I don’t think it’s a big risk.