Today we chat with all round artist, Dane Stops
Who is Dane Stops and what do you do?
I am an artist and a part time drawing lecturer. As an artist the predominant strains are graffiti and figurative. My graffiti ranges in style; from 3D lettering to objects shaped into letters to shapes, which are only letter because of the context and the idea of a letter, and not because of what letters look like. So legibility isn’t key. My figurative work stems from life drawing classes, studies and what we teach in drawing.
How would you define your style or art?
I would say that there are elements of realism and stylization. Definitely a 3D graffiti artist, but in more ways than my letters just having an illusion of depth.
What inspires your work?
Some of the things mentioned above inspire my work. I really enjoy the play between representations of 3D and 2D. I am interested in how 3D can be represented in 2D. Aside from technical knowledge it is hard to pin down what inspires work. I have done work that was thought of because of something I saw in a movie or read or heard.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently undertaking my Masters. My study revolves around representations of the nude figure. That is my main focus, so lots of reading and writing and drawing. I am also trying to get more walls painted, personal work and jobs, so contact me.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
I think the immediate advice would be to look for influences outside of what you do. Copy things, it’s a faster way of learning, but, once you have done that identify what you think is wrong and better it.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I have a page on facebook called Dane Draws