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Daniel Mackie - Red Pill and Blue Pill



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" The thrill was gone 15 years into a career as a commercial illustrator. I needed to feel the passion in what I was doing. But I just felt like the artist joining the dots for whichever art director I was working for at the time. The fire had gone out. Well not quite.

I needed to change the way I worked. Then it became clear I had no choice but to change whom I worked for as well.

I started this process of reinvention by doing the scariest thing for an artist used to Photoshop and 3D software – actually draw on paper and then paint it! Doing what illustrators of yesteryear had done just felt right. I explored watercolour. I was reinvigorated by working in this medium that was new to me. It was amazing to be creating something by hand.

By following my heart, my work today has more authenticity than ever before. But my new way of working did not fit the fast-paced illustration industry. Oh dear! So I changed who I worked for and started The DM Collection. I was liberated."

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