Daniel Chang is an illustrator, art director, and designer working in LA. After graduating with distinction from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 2002, he began his freelance illustration career working for clients including Random House, Time Magazine, HP, Harvard Business Review, Girl Scouts and Sony Music. He has also worked in the surf industry for companies like Billabong, Element, VZ and Becker Surf. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts and The Society of lllustrators.
Wheatpaste Art Collective was able to sit down with him recently, and get to know more about the artist behind the art.
Wheatpaste Art Collective: Are you an LA native or transplant?
Daniel Chang: I moved to LA when I was 9, so technically I am not a “native”, but this is the only home that I know.
WP: How does the city inspire you?
DC: It is a place where ideas and culture flourish through the multiple communities that call it home.
WP: Your work features a lot of animals and nature – what’s your “spirit” animal?
DC: It is the Narwhal. (Wheatpaste note: best spirit animal ever)
WP: Who are some of your favorite artists (living or dead)?
DC: Ernst Haeckel, Hannah Hoch, Henrik Drecher to name a few.
WP: What has been your favorite project to work on in 2013? Or just in general.
DC: It was creating zines for the LA Art Book Fair which was more formal and abstract rather than narrative.
WP: Any awesome projects coming up that you can share?
DC: I just received entry into the Herradura Barrel Art Program as one of 10 competing artist representing LA.
WP: What’s playing in your studio right now?
DC: Radiolab (the podcast).
WP: If the world was ending tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
DC: It would be with family and friends, eating some good home cooking and celebrating our lives together.
WP: As an illustrator, do you prefer traditional or digital methods?
DC: I embrace both because they ultimately are a means to an end. They are the tools that are in service to a method of making.
WP: What are 3 things you never leave your house without?
DC: iPhone, wallet, pen/notebook.