Artist Of The Week: Daniel Huddlestone

Daniel artwork is a perfect mix between satire, black humour and good graphics. He just manages to takes all these elements, shake it together and BAM, he is serving some awesome cartoons reflecting the state of humane society.





KALTBLUT: Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?

Daniel: My name is Daniel Huddlestone, I live in South-East London and I’m a freelance illustrator and musician.


KALTBLUT: What’s your artistic background?

Daniel: I’ve been making comics and cartoons since I can remember. I did a lot of painting and fine art sort of stuff through my teen years, however the lowbrow cartoons were the only thing that really stuck. I studied graphic design at the London College of Communication where I learnt how to drop out and have been drawing and animating since!



KALTBLUT:  What inspires you when you’re drawing?

Daniel: Usually I’ll see or hear something in real life that makes me laugh and I’ll find a way to work it into an illustration. Other times I just start drawing and it comes to me as I go. People’s reactions to my drawings usually inspire me to make more. I really hope that’s not some desperation for approval manifesting itself as a hobby.

KALTBLUT: What come first, the drawings or the words?

Daniel: It depends. Usually it’s the words. All my illustrations typically start as very haphazardly written notes in my phone that I’ll later develop into something. Other times I just draw something and manage to attach some meaning to it, like I just drew a pig farting out hotdogs and realised it would make for a really good satire piece on the quality of the food we eat, or maybe some pro-veggie thing.



KALTBLUT: Your drawings all have kind of a dark touch, do you see the glass half full or half empty?

Daniel: I’m a very positive person, I just like trying to create discomfort with my illustrations. Like if a drawing could make someone laugh and feel sad at the same time I think I’d have accomplished my goal.



KALTBLUT: What are you working on at the moment?

Daniel: My main project at the moment is an animated live performance video for electronic/alt pop producer Plomo. It’s gonna be very glitchy and colourful and acid trippy. It’s the most time intensive thing I’ve ever done but so far it looks fantastic! I’ve also been commissioned to illustrate a series of poems taken from for a small run of books they’re publishing. I’ve done a few already and I’m really happy with how they look. It’ll be awesome seeing that in print.