Nokia Lumia 1020/Windows
This was a really enjoyable piece! I was commissioned by PR agency 3-Monkeys to create a detailed 1960’s spy themed illustration as part of a competition in collaboration with Nokia, Windows and Gingerline.
Gingerline organise secret dining events in London and this illustration forms part of the competition to win a place at their latest event. I had to hide a secret message somewhere within this illustration and using the clues on their website you have to try and find it.
The competition is still running so visit the Gingerline website HERE to have a go and be in with a chance of winning!
Bloomberg Businessweek China
Quick snap from my first commission for the Chinese edition on Bloomberg Bizweek. You can see more here
My ‘Tonight is’ Illustration went live on ASOS homepage on Monday -
NYT in print
New York Times
Extremely happy to have been commissioned by The New York Times for the first time!
Here is my piece for the op-ed section about Mexico’s rising tax on soft drinks.
You can read the full article here - http://tinyurl.com/ov65g99
Out in print today.
Finally update my website with a load of new work.
Including projects for ASOS, GiffGaff and The Hollywood Reporter.
Travel + Leisure Magazine October 2013
Some very small spot illustrations for Travel + Leisure Magazine about how to deal with snoring passengers on airplanes.
Excited to announce that I have a product range available to buy from Ohh Deer. They have an amazing range of beautifully illustrated gifts and products. Check out their new site here -
Bloomberg Businessweek Aug 2013
Last month I worked on some more spot illustrations for Bloomberg Businessweek. This article displayed a graph which measured job worth/satisfaction, against the annual salary of that job.
GiffGaff 200,000 celebration
As GiffGaff approaches 200,000 Facebook members I’ve be commissioned to illustrate an enormous crowd scene to celebrate and YOU can be in it!
GiffGaff will be selecting 15 members of the public which I will then draw into the scene.
Click HERE to find out how.
Time Out London August 2013
Editorial illustration for an article about the highs and lows of living in London in the summer.
Currently working on a big crowd scene project and want to make sure I document the whole process this time.
Here’s a shot of my initial individual character sketches that I’ll eventually piece together in Photoshop.
Finallllyyy got hold of the printed work I did for the Webby Awards! Will post a full project write up very soon.
Lodown Magazine - Interview & Cover
I was recently interviewed by the kind folk at Lodown Magazine. Here is the interview below -
Cartoons, when done right, have the ability to be digested by the entire world, since they deliver just the right amount of anarchy and silliness to distract us from our relatively boring lives. London-based illustrator Dan Woodger might have just turned 24, but it’s safe to say that his unique illustrative style and crooked humor will make him a household name in these fields anytime soon. Clients such as Google, DK Books and the Webby awards already fell for his vividly coloured, 80’s pop culture-inspired universe filled with cranky characters, so you better hurry and catch up fast.
> 01. Dan, how did you enter the shiny world of illustrations… were you one of those kids that basically always drew on something? Autodidactic approach or academic background?
Yeah I was most definitely one of those kids, I can remember whole weekends sat on the living room floor with a stack of paper, a box of colouring pens and Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon on the TV. There were a few years in my early teens where I did consider other lines of work, at one point I had my sights set on becoming a professional golfer! That was until I realised that I had a more natural talent for drawing so made the decision to pursue a career in illustration instead.
> 02. What made you decide to move from Brighton to London where the competition amongst illustrators - or artists in general - is just crazy? Is it still important to live in London these days when you’re working in creative fields?
I love Brighton, and the dream is to move back there in the future, but for now London is the perfect place to get my career started. I think a lot of clients assume you live in London as well so being available to ‘pop in’ for meetings with ease is certainly helpful. In terms of competition I was having this discussion with Cathy from Anorak Magazine not long ago who said when she first started the publication 5-6 years ago the choice of illustrators she had to work from was very small in comparison to the explosion of people out there now. So it certainly is a far more competitive field. I think it’s definitely making it more difficult to get started out. Luckily now that I’ve managed to build up some momentum with my client base things are getting a little easier.
> 03. I love the healthy dose of twisted humor you’re adding to your work… would you say the art world is taking itself way too serious these days?
Haha I’m not sure, sometimes I take my work too seriously! I’ll start shouting and swearing because I can’t draw something like a dinosaurs leg properly. Then I have to take a deep breath and realise I’m 24 years old and get to draw dinosaurs for a living so things aren’t that bad.
> 04. Do you approach commissioned work differently than self-initiated pieces?
I don’t think so, I love commissioned work a lot (most of the time) I really enjoy the challenge of responding to a brief or a piece of writing and then moulding that into an illustration that brings the brief to life. I’ve be fortunate to work with some great art directors too who usually just let me do my thing. But self initiated work is equally important it shows people your personality, what interests you and it takes the shackles off, you can just draw whatever you want!
> 05. Your style is very much your own… never the less I was wondering if you can tell me about your main influences. Are all these snapshots one can find on countless tmblr’s as inspiring for you as vintage comics and animated series?
I learnt everything about drawing from Matt Groening. The Simpsons has had a significant influence on me and I’m still the proud owner of my Bart Simpson’s Guide to Life but I also have a bit of a thing for 80’s nostalgia, despite not actually being born until 89. It all stemmed from playing GTA Vice City, I bought that game when I was about 14 and at the time I’d never seen Scarface or even heard of Miami Vice so it introduced me to lot of 80’s pop culture and to be honest, I became slightly obsessed with it… Not so much the killing hookers and stealing cars by the way! It was the look, the music, the palm trees and sunsets that really struck a cord with me. When I later went on to study at university it gave me the opportunity to explore this world further, I started looking at the art work of Patrick Nagel and listening to Evelyn King and it’s these things that really influence the aesthetic tone and colours of my work.
> 06. Please tell me a bit about the “Metro Dogs“ project… is it already released?
Metro Dogs is an interactive children’s book for that I’ve been developing with a company called Storypanda and it’s almost done, it should be available to buy on their App Store within the next few months. It’s about a pack of dogs who play in a Jazz band in NYC and you have to help them navigate their way across the city using the subway.
> 07. What are the cards holding for Mr. Woodger for the rest of 2013… what are you working on at the moment?
Well by the time this interview goes to print I will have set loose a set of animations I’ve spent the last 2 months working on for the Webby Awards. They’re being used at the ceremony to introduce the different categories and I’m really excited to show them off. The animators and I have been putting in some really long hours to pull it all together. Then hopefully at some point this year I’ll be able to get some time to develop some more personal projects that I’ve had on the back burner for a while. But to be honest for now I’ll be very content to just keep on doing what I’m doing. This is my dream job.