Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thanks for another great year!

2010 is almost done, and with 2011 creeping in slowly, I thought that I would do a little bit of thanking and reflecting on the work that I’ve done this year.

First of all, I want to thank every Art director/creative director/band/small business, that hired me this year. I really hope to work with you all again soon. I also want to thank all the returning clients that have worked with and created a great personal connection with. You know who you are, and its always great to get hear from you.

I really want to thank all of the art directors/creative directors, who have taken the time to look at my physical portfolio, and taken the time to talk to me about the work I’ve done so far or even just talk about the business at the illustration conference, AI party, or just random get togethers. Your advice, and guidance is a truly rewarding, and I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me.

I don’t want to name drop to much (since I have a really bad habit of doing that) but there are a few folk that I want to shout out to specifically for making this year exceptional. Huge thanks to Pete Ryan for making me a contributor on the interview blog called, Non-Slick. Now I have a platform to interview all of my favorite illustrators and art directors. Daniel Hertzberg, Victo Ngai, Dadu Shin, Robyn Ng, Katie Turner, You Byun and Tae Querney for all of the hang outs, exchange of advice, and down right nerdy illustration talk. Some West coast thanks again to Alyssa Deville and ChloĆ© Yingst (I’ll send you stuff sooooon) for staying on their floors/beds at ICON6. Big thanks to all my brothers + sister on the 4 to 7 Club blog ! Major props to my studio mate’s. Sincere gratitude and thanks to Jessica Hische and Charles Hively at 3x3 magazine, for letting me intern with them this year. Huge thanks for these past two years to Robert Zimmerman, who runs Ohger. You’ve helped me out a bunch and I really appreciate that.

Many thanks to everyone who shouts back to me on twitter. It’s become a real tool to really be engaged with the illustration community around and about. Also I want to thank anyone that I might have forgotten, but I digress.

I finished an interview with Kali Ciesemier for the non-slick blog, which reminded me of when I first met Kali back in 2008 at ICON5. At the time, I was just going into my Senior year at the University of the Arts, and I was still trying to come to terms with what I wanted to do. My work back then was not that great, but to me, showed a lot of potential to become something better. I am still not interested in using the narrative form, but found something interesting through making conceptual images. Two years later, as I am months from finishing up my MFA in illustration, and reflecting on what I did and what I do, I have to say that I’ve come a long loooooooong way. I can only move forward, work faster, think smarter from here on, so I can reflect two years from now and say I’ve grown even more.

I hope to meet many of you, and work with plenty of you guys/gals in the New Year!

Best as always,

-Daniel Fishel


Yello said...

Daniel, your work is sooo beautiful! You have a lot of talent. Hope you get the job at Design Sponge! Just voted for you...

Christian Castro said...

You have some great stuff on your site! Can't wait to see more in 2011!