Daydreams Can Get Messy

“Daydreams can get messy” by Dan Victor. This is a mixed media piece on paper. This has so much detail, but also reminds me of something dusty, that is easier to let it stay covered in a thick layer of red clay. Same kind of mud that might hold a log cabin together. ⁣⠀

My grandfather built a log cabin when he was much younger. He even pointed it out to my brother a long time. He stayed on his aunt & uncle’s farm to live during the depression. ⁣⠀

This art is immersive. My favorite way to engage with visual art is to age with the piece. Time has a way of changing how it looks to you. The creature I made friends with often end up in my art.⁣

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Amazing Article On The Creative Process

Lead Photo by INTHEBLACK

I found this article in my ASCAP newsletter and was so moved by it’s accuracy in identifying process, so I wanted to share. Please check this author out. Great in-sites!

The Process Is The Reward

Written by: Mutationist –ritwikdeshpande  December 25, 2018 4 Minutes

I attended a talk by Ivy Ross, the head of design for all hardware products at Google. Ivy started her career as a jewelry designer, and when she was 24, had some of her work acquired by the Smithsonian. “The ego trip lasted for all of three weeks,” she said. The success was great, but transient. The process of making those pieces, in comparison, took way longer. What she learned from the experience was you spend more time doing the work than experiencing its outcome. It’s better to make that time worthwhile instead of worrying about how it will land.

Fast Company

I recently finished a song, played it back and felt very excited. It was the most evolved piece of music I had composed so far. The sounds worked well with each other, the mix sounded clean and the composition had a well-defined narrative arc. I played it to a few friends and co-workers and felt delighted as I watched them move (just a little) at parts where the momentum picked up. It felt like months of practice was finally beginning to pay off.

Then, after a day, I revisited the song and realized the melody was cheesy, the synth … [Read More]



Can’t Turn Away, Madness Only Stares Back

“Staring into the mouth of madness” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor 📖 From a #sketchbook drawing using a combination of #stippling & cross-hatching. Love the contrast of technique. It was a time of deep introspection, years back. 👀

I made it a practice to carry around this sketchbook. It was relatively small, about 3 x 5 inches, but the smaller size made it easier to complete ideas without having to spend the time on a larger surface. I think that makes these interesting to share, close to the size of its creation. ✨

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Sacrifice + Abandon

“Sacrifice & Abandon” 🎨 by Dan Victor. 12 x 9” #Watercolor#Graphiteon paper. It began with a photo in the newspaper of an old man…

I had been living at my mother’s house after moving back from San Diego in 2002. I had just turned 25 & moved there to get away from drinking too much. I thought it was seasonal depression, so I needed to go somewhere sunny all the time.

I realized once I was in Cali, I had something wrong with me. I was away from my support network and getting drunk every day with the band. Depression and anxiety had hit an all time high. Why???

I was unable to financially or physically take care of myself, so my stepfather came out and drove me back to NJ. #forevergrateful I had to live with them while I sought mental help. 

Not able to work, I started painting again. And watching a shitload of rentals from Blockbuster. I had the unlimited plan, but could take out only 3 at a time. I would watch all 3, drive back, rent another 3 in hopes of finishing them to rent a total of 9 movies in one day… it happened a couple times.

Even though I was catatonic, completely sober & on heavy meds, I could paint.

It wasn’t until I was 30 that I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder by a good psychiatrist that immediately put me on the right meds, after trying many of both.

I saw a newspaper in my local paper of an old man, looking for subject matter to paint. I saw this guy in a band piercing out this window. I connected the 2. 

The old man was sad and doing something reluctantly which he new would cause harm, but a ‘lesser of evils’. He was leaving his adult son, but the question remains… why?

My father was absent a lot of the time, but my grandfather filled the void. 

Pop-pop. A kind man. So good to us, but always had a similar look on his face. I wondered what he had done to feel the way his face spoke.

The son behind the glass what’s to understand why. It was the question I was asking myself. How can I reconcile those you look to offer passive neglect or absolute control? 

This painting attempts to communicate the regret we may feel for something we know will cause harm. And still… not looking back.

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If You Own A Small Business, You’ll Cry, But In A Good Way

I got an email from Stephen Mills sharing this from his newsletter. First one I actually read from beginning to end in a while. He shared it and the line that got me was: Inspiring video hits it out of the park!

Stephen gives great insight to understanding marketing as it translates to video. It is refreshing to have someone who has a high, professional aesthetic, yet also goes directly to the emotional core. This video hit me square in the chest.

In the journey to redefine my revenue source as 43 year old man, I had my doubts. I have heard people tell me all my life what I could not do. I won’t tell you that it doesn’t sting to hear that those you love most suggest you take the safer road. Especially when that safety is an illusion.

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Yes, money needs to come in, there is nothing illusionary about that. We need to make that cash income dawg. But I am not messing with the traditional 5 / 40 anymore. If I have to keep the lights on, I will take any job, but I won’t work for someone else ever again.

If this sentiment gives you chills, this video will make it your new goal to be able to afford their service. Not because it’s expensive, but because it would really work.

Keep seems like an amazing business tool made simple. If I had more clients than I do now, I know that their service would kill all the anxiety. Making things was never uncomfortable, it was monetizing my effort. And being less wordy. Considering you are still reading, hopefully that is a good thing

Winston Takes a Coffee Break

“Stipple Winston” ✍🏼 Art by Dan Victor.

This was a special one. Stippling technique with a coffee wash. I used coffee often as a cheap form of water color in art school. I was smoking Winston’s at the time. I have been quit for 8 years. This drawing was done more recently.

I loved coffee when I was in college. I still do like coffee a whole bunch, but not like then. I would chain-smoke cigarettes and bottomless cups of joe at the 24-hour dinner. There was always a diner around. At Kutztown, it was the Airport Diner, aka the APD. In my home town it was the Budd Lake Diner, 24/7 and a block away from my house. I have eaten there more than any other place. Minimum once a week.

I would also draw in the sketchbook so I had something to do by myself besides read. Killed lots of time like that. No wonder I started using the coffee as water color, and the smokes as charcoal. As a fan of mixed media, I liked the idea of ‘cheap art’. Something accessible, yet still of high quality.

I just love creatures, patterns and robots, so look for more. Follow me on all the things. I am always curating content on my socials. Take a look at the Tshirts I make. Stipple Wilson will make it to one of these shirts soon.

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Cookie Monster Learns Office Skills

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This blob, looking a little like Cookie Monster, is a good representation of how I have been lately. Non-stop editing, shaping and refining the Dan Victor experience. There is a lot to get done before even going live, or writing this. Just so many buttons to click.

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Painting of Ben Eating

“Nephew Ben Eats A Pretzel” 🎨 by Dan Victor. ✍🏼 36 x 24″ – Ink, graphite, watercolor on paper. There is a wild story behind this one. I was in the ER with a broken hand the night before Christmas eve…⁣⠀

This is Ben and he is so much like me it is scary. Creative child and very talented. I wanted to spark imagination, so I drew a perspective of Ben in black and white, to contrast with the colorful background of creatures you might find in “Where the Wild Things Are”.⁣⠀

Detail 1

I wanted to do something special for my brother @jasonvictor and his family. He is always taking pictures of his boys so I thought an ambitious piece a week before Christmas was a good idea. That’s up for debate.⁣⠀

The real world is juxtaposed upon the imaginary. I was very inspired by the Piers Anthony ‘Adept’ series. #Juxtapose was the first book, I think. About a world of science on top of a world of magic, taking up the same space. Great book. This painting is to show what is possible.⁣

Detail 2

I am happy about how it turned out now, but at the time I was #underthegun to get it done. I had to leave for my parents house in #NewJersey the next day and it wasn’t done to my standards & put a lot of pressure on myself. Wouldn’t you do the same? Come on, right?⁣⠀

I suddenly realized I had gone to dark with my cross-hatching because I was working on the floor. I so got frustrated. I thought I ruined it. Threw water on it to pull it up with a paper towel. Got frantic and I punched the floor. Oh crap, what did I just do?⁣⠀

Detail 3

So when I arrived to NJ with the painting, my hand had swollen up to grapefruit size and my knuckle had been pushed back in what is known as a boxing fracture.⁣⠀

When Christmas morning came and my nephew tore the wrapping paper off the frame, I thought… I broke my hand for my art. Who can say that?⁣⠀

Detail 4

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NYC is the Best Model

You need to love where you live. And you know what they say about NYC, if you can make it here, then you’re good. Bushwick is my home, but the city is where I reside. I have always documented my life and creations. Instagram has become a great outlet to share those photos of my journey. It’s a chance to really connect with an audience that actually wants to see your art. Whenever I have a moment that offers a new perspective on my life, I once again become conscious of the fact I’m living in New York City. I have found people crave to experience the unique flavor that being here provides.

Then I get to thinking. It brings up memories of when I was in high school, I dreamt of living in The Village. I wanted to go to a school where I could compete in a stimulating, creative environment. At the time, all I knew about the city was Washington Square Park and Alamo, the giant cube you can spin on Astor Place. It was close the to the NJ PATH train. Being from New Jersey, it was all I knew.

I applied to Parsons New School because I believed it would be the place I could find myself. The city would give me an endless supply of inspiration. I ended up going to Kutztown University, all the way in Pennsylvania, almost the opposite direction, but I never regretted my decision. Things happen in their own time. I have no loans and I lucked out with terrific professors. The piers I studied with were very talented and offered the kind of artistic competition I desired. For me, it set the standard which still guides me today. But I always wondered, “What if I had?”.

After jumping around the country, Philadelphia to San Diego, I came back east to my roots. The city called me, and I started building. Moved to Brooklyn in 2006 and met so many interesting people along the way. Creating, especially your life, is a never ending process. It is also a precious gift. After 13 years, I definitively consider myself a New Yorker.

I am sharing a few of my Instagram posts of places I have photographed in the city. Perhaps it will motivate you to follow your dreams or come to the conclusion NYC is the only place for you to be.

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Dan on Cheddar TV

📡 For full interviews of Dan on Cheddar TV🎸

📼 Compilation of Dan Victor’s interviews as a guest on Cheddar News. Broadcast live from their studios at the New York Stock Exchange & Flatiron building. Hosts included Kristen Scholer, Baker Machado, Brad Smith, Tim Stenovec with topics covering The Emmy’s, HBO, MTV, VMAs, Netflix, Star Wars, Amazon, Streaming, Stranger Things, Stephen King, Katie Perry, Miley Cyrus and more.

⚡️While Dan was the editor in-chief of Popdust, he developed & produced “Popdust Presents”, a weekly show featuring artist interviews and un-plugged performances. It streamed live to the Popdust Facebook audience of 500K.