Hello, colorers! Today we present you a very special artist!
Q:We’re glad to meet you, can you tell us a little something about yourself?
My Name is Daniel Feathers Montano, I’m 42 years old and I work in construction. Art is also my second income and profession. My main focus is on Wildfowl wood carvings/paintings. I carve realistic life-size birds and compete throughout the US. I work in all mediums, wood, acrylic paint, pencil, pen you name it. I’ve been drawing since I was 5 years old. I’ve won numerous awards including a recent world championship in Interpretive wood sculpture.
Q:Do you use coloring as a small getaway from the real world?
As far as coloring, I try to work on my own original creations on a daily basis. It is very important to stay sharp by practicing every day. Trying new mediums, new ideas. It also helps with my mind, releasing stress and relaxing.
Q:Is coloring time consuming? How often do you color on a weekly basis?
Most of my color drawings take about an hour to 3 hours, depending on size and difficulty. Sometimes I’ll just sketch but I consider all my drawings sketches, full-color sketches…because I have yet to see what I can really do. I plan to try a hyper-realistic drawing that can consume 6 to 15 hours on a small drawing.
Q:How do you prepare before coloring? Any special preps?
I usually get inspired by looking at other works and listening to music. I will never copy someone else’s style or try to do something similar…I respect all artists and their style and work. So I always do my own thing
Q:What are your favorite supplies for coloring? Do you always use the same or you like to experiment with it?
Wood and Acrylics is my main medium as far as wood sculpture goes. But I use a little bit of everything, sometimes I’ll work with color pencil only, or pencil and pen, or markers with a pen. I mix it up to create certain finishes. Prismacolor pens, pencils and markers is my brand choice. In Acrylics, I use Jo Sonja paint. Very flat finish no sheen. It’s a must when creating my feathers. I also use an airbrush, Iwata CMB MODEL
Q:Do you have special techniques and color mixes that you’d like to share with us? Any tips and tricks?
I usually let my colors blend themselves, I layer my colors and kinda mix my media as well. One tip I can give is, always use 3 or more tones of every color you use. The more color you use, the more believable and alive your work will be!
Q: Do you have a specific “signature” in your art?
I just use my first name in all my works “Daniel”, as my signature. Nothing special.
Q: Which books and patterns you find most enjoyable to color?
I do not use coloring books but hope to create my own in the near future. I know that they are very popular.
Q:Do you have a favorite author? How did he/she earn your admirations?
My favorite artist is Pablo Picasso. I’ve always been fascinated with cubism and was influenced by him in my winning world piece, with a Blue Cubist Ruddy Duck
Q: And last but not least, where can we find your artwork?
If you have more questions for Daniel, please leave them in a comment section. Would you like to color mr.fethers adult coloring book if he makes one?
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Stay tuned and happy coloring! ?