We’d hate to say we told you so, but in the case of London-based illustrator Daniel Clarke, we definitely did. In January 2012 we crowned him our Student of the Month, and two years on he’s still going strong – actually he’s going even stronger. We were always drawn to Dan’s work for its stunning use of texture in the creation of atmospheric scenes; the smudge of ink on paper denoting a bitterly grim London day, or variations in pattern serving as an allegory for tower blocks.
Recently the mood in his work has lightened somewhat, with housing estates replaced by Moroccan gardens, and teenage football matches by woodland acrobatics. But the same impressive skill is still there, and the textures just keep getting better.
Recent noteworthy commissions include some stunning tree houses for Christie’s Real Estate magazine and a tropical greenhouse for Smith Journal. Also, if you’re in the area, Dan’s got a show on at Daily Goods on Camberwell Church Street until 28 September where you can enjoy some of his personal work up close.