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LJMU Graphic Design & Illustration Graduate Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden is originally from York but is now based in Liverpool, he graduated from LJMU in Graphic Design & Illustration this summer.

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‘Thankfully, I was introduced to Lino Cut during my foundation year at York College. Up until this point I exclusively painted footballers poorly. The College had these fantastic 19th century Albion Presses, which I didn’t truly appreciate at the time, and I found myself becoming more experimental as a result. I was very apathetic towards the idea of university and fondly remember missing an interview at Middlesex, realising where I should have been whilst bathing. (Shout out to Middlesex) I wound up in Liverpool and am really grateful for that and highly recommend the course. Liverpool itself? I’m still undecided.’

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‘I think it’s fair to say that my work, now, consists almost entirely of Lino. I include felt tips from time to time, but I’ve always preferred to be decent at a couple of things as apposed to average at many. I’d say my approach to printmaking is fairly unorthodox as I’m self-taught and therefore use whatever I have at my disposal. My weapons of choice tend to be these primary school-style, water-soluble inks that are cheap and don’t require Turps, my Mum’s old glass chopping board to roll onto and a 601-page book that I use as a print press. I think self-sufficiency is really important and therefore always either work from my imagination or self-sourced photographs. I use the notes app on my Ipod to store ideas, which I can then, literally, tap into when the harsh winters come, that’s a bird analogy…

I focused my dissertation on studio space and emailed 256 Illustrators to gather research. Fortunately for me, 87 replied, and I know consider myself well read with regards to other illustrators. This is important to say as, at 17, I was one of those dicks that sited themselves as their biggest influence. My biggest influences currently, are Israeli illustrator/animator Assaf Benharroch, English printmaker Chris Wormell and American filmmaker Casey Neistat, whose work ethic is fucking terrifying.’

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‘I really enjoy creating characters and narratives within work and haven’t had chance to do much of that of late, so I’m currently in the sketchbook process of an idea surrounding a Cub Scout Pack from Massachusetts, and that’s all I can divulge.’

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