Episode 21: Thomas Danthony

Pushing Yourself and Delivering Your Best Work on Every Project

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In this episode, I chat with illustrator and commercial artist, Thomas Danthony, about his creative career path, his beautifully pared-down work, and his creative process.

Thomas Danthony is a French illustrator and artist based in Barcelona and London. Thomas’ striking work uses a limited but cohesive color palette and clever composition and lighting to convey varied moods and ideas. Over the years, Thomas has become known and celebrated for his commercial work, alternating between large commercial campaigns with clients like Magnum and Hennessy, editorial work for The New York Times, and a healthy dose of personal projects. Thomas has also been developing his painting to emulate his precise and many-layered approach to illustration in Photoshop. Currently, Thomas is represented by the prestigious London-based agency, Handsome Frank, which represents a number of other talented artists, like Malika Favre and Thibaud Hérem. Thomas also works with the Paris-based agency, Tiphaine, on French projects.

In this conversation, we talk about:

  • how Thomas shifted focus from industrial and furniture design to illustration

  • how Thomas used personal projects to attract commercial clients and get agents

  • why Thomas believes using the tools "the wrong way" helped develop his distinct style

  • how Thomas deals with perfectionism

  • how Thomas navigates client relationships

  • why Thomas has a set routine for his workdays

  • how climbing lets Thomas unwind and disconnect from his work

We also talk about an important gallery show Thomas is organizing with 50 artists to help preserve endangered lands, called Touchwood. I highly encourage you to check it out!


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