Music & Nature

Hungarian artist, Dániel Taylor, on doodles, animals with antlers, and his pet gecko.

‘They say people decide in a few seconds if they’re attracted to someone—and I think something similar happens when you look at art’

When did you first realise you were into art?
When I was growing up my father used to do a lot of airbrush paintings—I really liked them. I actually started drawing when I was around 10 years old. Pokémon was a big deal at the time and I would copy the characters. I always had to do little doodles at school when I was bored. So I guess I got into art when I was young.

Talk us through your creative process?
I don’t really have a process. I sometimes look at other artists’ artwork just to warm up my brain and start thinking of ideas. Come to think of it, my best ideas come when I’m getting ready to sleep, or when I’m in the shower. I have to write it down because I tend to forget an idea by next morning.

What mediums do you use?
Nowadays I mostly use Photoshop, with a digital drawing tablet, but recently I started forcing myself back to traditional mediums like ink, pencils and I just got a new set of markers—which I’m pretty excited about.

How long does it take you to create a piece?
It varies. For example, the Negative Series took ages in the beginning but after I worked out a process it really sped things up. Last year I tried to do something everyday, but looking back at some of my work they seem too rushed. So I slowed down and only publish artworks which, after putting them aside for a few days, I’m still happy about.

Tell us about Glitch Mob?
I wanted to create something similar to my Radiohead artwork: a suited man, without a head and vibrant colours. Because I sell prints I try to do artworks that can be paired with another one and that would look good next to each other on someone's wall. So, Glitch Mob is the pair to Radiohead. Oh, and they’re also both the names of bands that I like listening too.

What’s the fascination with foxes about?
I’m actually fascinated with most woodland creatures. But I guess foxes are special to me because I used to watch a Hungarian movie called Vuk when I was a kid—which was about foxes.

And you like to draw birds too?
Yes, especially the colourful ones. But I think my favourite animals to draw are deers and moose, basically anything with antlers. Oh, and whales. I love whales.

What inspires you?
Nature and music are my main inspirations. While I’m working I always have music playing in the background.

What do you do for fun?
At the moment I am quite into playing my PS4, specifically Uncharted 4—what a beautifully designed game. I also love to watch movies, go for bike rides and I’m a big fan of concerts.

What do you do if you’re in a creative funk?
I just take a break, perhaps go for a walk or just get some fresh air. Things often take time for me—and forcing myself to do something doesn’t really help, it actually makes things worse.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
Danny LuVisi is a digital artist and my biggest inspiration in the art world. His style is totally different to what I do but I’ve been following him for a while now and what he’s accomplished over the years is fantastic to see.

What do you want people to feel when they look at your work?
I want them to think, “Wow!” and make them stop for a few seconds while scrolling through their Instagram feed. They say people decide in a few seconds if they’re attracted to someone—and I think something similar happens when you look at art.

Dániel grew up in Pilisvörösvár, a town next to Budapest, where he currently lives. Although he has lots of dogs at his family home, he currently has a pet gecko called, Brian. Brian lives in his studio and also enjoys listening to Daniel’s music.