Another in Geek Shirts HQ series of interviews with T shirt designers. Today we have Dan Wolfe, designer of the fantastic Harry Tuttle Heating Engineer Shirt.
Can you Start by giving some background about yourself
I'm Dan Wolfe from the south of England and was born just in time to be a Star Wars fan. That pretty much set me on a road of sci-fi geekiness straight away and sealed my fate forever.
I spent a lot of time drawing pictures of spaceships, monsters and silly stuff, probably too much in fact! I was lucky enough to get myself into art college and then into a career on the back of that. Now (several years later) I have a teenage son, an understanding wife and a bit of free time to get back to drawing spaceships, monsters and silly stuff.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs
As I said I'm a sci-fi geek so lots of my stuff draws inspiration from the classic movies and books of that genre. But pretty much anything can start an idea if you look at it the right way. Sometimes the connections between things suggest an image and you have something straight away. Sometimes you need to put in some thought about how you can swap familiar things around and come up with something new.
What are you working on next?
I usually have a few ideas buzzing around waiting to be turned into reality. At the moment I'm playing around with something Mad Max related, maybe a Predator themed illustration and a silly idea involving frogger. I'm never too sure which one will get done first though!
Not really any sort of political message! I hope I can get a little bit of how I feel about the subject matter into my drawings. Most of the things I draw are because they make me smile. If that comes through in the image and makes someone else smile or think 'that's cool', I don't think I can ask for anything more than that.
Harry being a black ops style heating engineer seemed so obvious once it popped into my head that I was surprised no-one else had done it. But what I really love is other peoples reaction. Lots of people tell me they love the character and it makes them want to watch the film again because of my picture. It's really good to be the one to remind people of something they enjoy.
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