Daniel Govar is an artist, illustrator, animator, filmmaker, programmer and creative bon vivant. In addition to creating two animated series for SyFy Channel (ECLIPSE & CHI-CHAN), a science fiction series for DC Comics (AZURE), and untold numbers of illustrations for books and commercial purposes, Dan also co-founded one of the premiere websites dedicated to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Recently he has illustrated a guest story on False Positive (CONSTRICTION), and launched the Comic Book Think Tank with former Marvel and DC Comics exec Ron Perazza – their first offering RELAUNCH is now available for free.
The following is an interview conducted between Outland Collective (OC) and the featured artist in November 2012.
OC. Did you attend college? If so, where did you go?
DG. Yep – I have a degree from UMBC (University of Maryland at Baltimore County) in Imaging and Digital Art.
OC. Where or what do you draw inspiration from?
DG. I draw much of my inspiration from novels, history, mythology, and faerie tales. I think it’s tough not to be inspired further by movies, music, and what you see in your day to day life. I know I’ve used my dog and friends as reference J.
OC. What projects are you working on currently? Where can we find it?
DG. Currently I am developing creator-owned projects – a graphic novel of my own and two collaborative projects – the ComicBookThinkTank (www.comicbookthinktank.com) with former Marvel/DC exec Ron Perazza where we explore and push the digital comics landscape, and another that has just kicked off. I also recently illustrated a guest comic on False Positive called “Constriction.”
OC. Is there a particular piece of artwork you are especially proud of?
DG. Probably the last thing I did. I like to think I keep getting better. I go through phases where I will spend a great deal of time using and experimenting with different mediums on commissions – lately I am in a inks and dyes phase – where I play with washes using different dyes and inks. I’m kind of in awe at just how many versions of “black” ink there are.