Artist of the Month April: Daniel Gorman

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I found our AotM for April while snooping around. The first thing to catch my eye was the TWD comic front that he did. The irony being, Tim Proctor, the man playing this iconic Walker, is himself a well established artist.

Dan has worked for many comic as a matter of a fact, and many trading cards. Here is a brief bio of him:
Dan Gorman, 43, Born in Barberton, Oh., Grew Up in Green, Oh., Now Live in Akron, Oh. Divorced, but engaged.  No kids. 2 Dogs and 2 cats
Outside of Freelancing, I work as a Graphic Designer at WFMJ Channel 21 NBC Affiliate in Youngstown, Oh.

He has a fantastic imagination, and the skill to put it in form.

Here’s our q+a

1. How old were you when you started drawing?  

I started drawing at a very young age.  Before I was 5 years old.

2. Was your artwork always comic style?   

Yes and no.  I always thought I’d be either a syndicated cartoonist or a comic book Illustrator, but I studied in High School and then Art School how to draw as a hyper-realistic artist. I can draw in a very realistic style as well as in a cartoon or comic book style. You can see the more realistic artwork I do on various licensed trading card products as a sketch card artist.

3. Did you go to an art school or have any special training?   

I’m a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art with my BFA in Medical Illustration.  I also freelance as a Medical Illustrator when I can find the work.

4. What comics and trading cards have you worked on?   

As far as comics I’ve been a regular contributor to “FemForce” published by AC Comics since 2012.  I had a couple of Pin-ups published by Darkhorse in their two “Grindhouse” series.  I’m in Issue 2 of both series and in the Graphic Novel Collections.  I’ve contributed to the title “Cemetery Plots” published by Empire Comics Lab, Issues 2 and 3.  I drew the cover for Issue 3.  In the coming year, you will see my work in the Graphic Novel “Kringle” published by Source Point Press and books published by Grit City Comics, Psycho Drive-in, and Antarctic Press.  All Horror related. Plus a few more, hopefully. As a sketch card artist, I do regular work for Topps on their Star Wars, Stranger Things and AMC’s The Walking Dead licenses. I do work for Rittenhouse Archives on their Game of Thrones products.  I will have work in the KISS Trading card set and the upcoming Dejah Thoris Trading card sets for Dynamic Forces. I worked on Rick & Morty season 2 Trading Cards for Cryptozoic Entertainment. 

There are a bunch more I am not allowed to talk about yet for Dynamic Forces and Cryptozoic Entertainment, But keep an eye out on my social media pages and when I’m allowed to talk about those you will see announcements made there.

5. Do you have any fan pages? fb? twitter? instagram?    

Yes.  You can find me on all

6. Do you set up at any cons or art shows?   

Yes. I don’t do as many cons as I used to due to just being too busy to be out of the studio but I usually attend C2E2 and NYCC on a Pro Pass. I do a lot of local cons, both comics, and horror.  I would do more cons if show promoters wanted to bring me in as a guest.  I can see if I can make time to attend a few more.

7. Do you do commission work?   

I do but my commission list is pretty long and I don’t get to them very quickly.  I have too many publisher commitments and deadlines these days to do too many commissions.  Your best bet to get a commission from me is to come see me at a con I’m tabling at.  I can draw a commission at the show.  I always offer a “bring me a bottle of bourbon and I’ll draw you a full color 11 x 14 commission.” lol

8. What artist/s you love to see work from?   

I love Tom Palmer’s work, Neal Adams, John Romita Sr. John Buscema.  Gene Colan.  Some of the classic comic book guys.

9. Who is your favorite monster?   

I’d have to say Jaws is my favorite Monster.

10. Any advice you would give anyone wanting to get into the comic business?   

Don’t quit your day job.  Draw every day.  Be a nice person to work with. Hit your deadlines.  Get plenty of rest between jobs. Take criticism well, don’t defend your work when getting critiqued.  Be prepared to not be successful immediately.  Getting into this business is a marathon, not a sprint. Have a thick skin.  Never give up.