By Daniel Quintana

Featured Artist: Daniel Quintana

Daniel Quintana, 30, Director of Design at United Legwear & Underwear Co., LLC. / Independent Graphic Artist & Designerd™, resides in New Paltz, NY.

What types of arts and crafts do you do?
I design leg wear and product packaging by day and illustrate by night. I have a propensity to gravitate toward digital art (mostly with the aid of my wacom tablet + Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop), but also work on tangible mediums such as paper, porcelain tile and canvas, as well as apparel like shoes and tees.

What are your favorite mediums to use?
Outside my digital comfort zone, I am most comfortable with oil-based paint markers and airbrush (acrylic) paint, but am also a huge fan of the texture of watercolors.

What is your favorite color?
Purple. Not a light, sweet, airy purple but rather a deep, dark, royal purple.

What inspires your art?
Life. I’ve always drawn inspiration from my environment – both internal and external. When I was a kid, I used to draw how I felt. In a lot of ways it was easier, for me, than expressing my feelings verbally.

Who is one of your favorite artists?
Salvador Dali. His surrealism is…well…surreal ;)

What is your favorite section in Manny’s Art Supplies?
I could get lost in Manny’s. I literally love the whole store, but I have always reserved a special place in my heart for the gag gift section. There are few things I love more than a good prank!

On a lighter note…

What is your favorite dessert?
Fried banana’s (especially the ones from Lemongrass on Main Street).

Where is a favorite vacation spot?
La Isla Culebra. A small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?
A male Chihuahua named Bongo and a female named Piper.

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  • Tracy Snyder

    Awesome work!