Hello My Name Is… Corey Danks
21 Questions With Designer & Illustrator Corey Danks
Welcome back to the Creator Interview Series! This series is a way to highlight some of my favorite creatives as individuals, parts of their creative process, and some get-to-know-them questions that will help show why I admire them and their work. Let’s dive in!
Introducing Corey Danks
Where Can We Find You on Social Media?
Where Can We See Your Work?
I met Corey through mutual friends from college a few years after graduating. Since then, he has managed to make the switch from agency life to full-time freelancing look easy (though brutally honest and hilarious if you follow his twitter.) He is an excellent example of someone who doesn’t take life too seriously but still gets shit done.
I love following his work because Corey has a super distinct illustration style, something I envy. As I scroll through instagram or twitter, I know exactly who’s behind the creation on my screen. To me, the coolest thing about that type of consistency is knowing that when someone seeks you out for a project they are doing so because of your style. That is a powerful position to hold! Give his work a look and read on for 21 questions with the man, himself!
Let the Questions Begin
This HAS to be a tie between Keith Haring and Ralph Steadman. The style of their respective work is insanely recognizable and unique; something nearly every artist strives to achieve. Both of them have had an immense influence on my own work, which I think can be very apparent at times.
Go-to Inspiration Spot:
I don’t have a super specific spot but something about sitting in a coffee shop full of people, with my headphones in, really seems to help when sketching out ideas.
Morning or Night Person:
How would your friends describe you in 3 words?:
They’d probably say a bunch of REALLY mean things about me first, then they’d (hopefully/maybe) say, “creative, humorous, hardworking” to be nice.
How would you describe you in 3 words?: Humorous, Child-like, Self-determined
In that order.
Favorite place you’ve ever visited?:
I took a ten day trip the UK this past spring and it was incredible. The age of culture, buildings, etc. compared to the U.S. is hard to fathom.
Who would you consider Your mentor?:
Not sure that I have a mentor per se, but there were a number of professors in college that I hold in high regard. In no particular order: Bob Warkulwiz, Mario Zucca, Justin Moll, Eric Yeager. I feel that each one of them pushed me to try harder or explore options that I may not have without their guidance.
How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey? :
I freelanced for around six months straight out of school before getting hired full-time by Machinery, where I ended up working for 4.5 years. It’s hard to say that I’d do anything differently, since things have worked out pretty well thus far and I can’t actually change anything. Dwelling on the past is something I’d do a lot when I was younger and I slowly found out that it was a waste of time. Instead, I try to focus on what I’ve learned from the past and how I can apply that knowledge to the future.
How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?:
I actually really dig creating in the digital age. There are so many artists out there, doing so much cool stuff and social media has created a new platform for them to be discovered. It’s kind of a bummer thinking about all of the artists that weren’t discovered back in the day because they were painting in their garage or basement and had nowhere to share their work. Social media’s allowed artists from all over the world to share their work and be seen by millions of people. That’s cool to me.
Best Advice you’ve ever received?:
In regards to social media:
“You’re viewing everybody’s highlight reel and living your own blooper reel.”
What are your favorite methods of self-promotion?:
I’m REALLY good at tweeting stupid shit and I try to post semi-regularly on Instagram.
Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?:
There’s a solid circle of people I’ll shoot a text to if I’m really stuck on something or want to make sure the type is legible. It’s a good mix of creatives and non-creatives, so I get all sorts of opinions that I often times haven’t even thought about. They’re my unpaid creative directors. Thanks guys!
How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?:
I do my best to shout of other artists/friends through social media. I also recently put together my first (hopefully of many) art shows, which was a blast.
How are you feelin these days?:
Sometimes accomplished, sometimes overwhelmed, but I’m always getting better at managing things. Life can be pretty hard.
How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?:
Getting away from the computer/technology, working out, hanging out with friends, etc.
Anything that will take my mind off of work for a bit.
What’s your biggest fear?:
Alzheimer’s is scary AF.
Instagram or Twitter:
Whats your favorite podcast?:
I’m not a huge podcast guy, but I’ll be damned if I don’t plug Hi-Res here. GO LISTEN TO IT!
What’s a cause that’s close to your heart?:
Right now, if you have the means, donating to keep Space 1026 alive: https://www.gofundme.com/
If you could put anything on a billboard, what would it be?:
Spray painting “Welcome to the Terrordome” in red on a blank billboard adjacent to an abandoned road in the middle of nowhere would be pretty funny.
Hope you enjoyed meeting Corey! Stay tuned for the next installment in the creator series.
Dwelling on the past is something I’d do a lot when I was younger and I slowly found out that it was a waste of time. Instead, I try to focus on what I’ve learned from the past and how I can apply that knowledge to the future.
– Corey Danks
Combining multiple, muted colors to create a glowing turquoise palette. The look I based this turquise palette on is a prime example of using multiple colors to collectively create an overall tone. Separately they are muted, but together they create an aura.
Did anyone else have a major chip on their shoulder growing up when people would assume they could guess their favorite color based on gender? This always annoyed the crap out of me.
Welcome back to the Creator Interview Series! This series is a way to highlight some of my favorite creatives as individuals, parts of their creative process, and some get-to-know-them questions that will help show why I admire them and their work. I am SO excited to share with you!