PP: Hello welcome to Picasso Pictures! What is your full name?
DB: Mr Daniel Burke.
PP: Ah, no embarrassing middle names then, and where are you from?
DB: I'm from 'ull. Yorkshire, but currently live in London.
PP: So tell us when did you get into Animation?
DB: I was always into making things, but it wasn’t until the end of school that I discovered the wonderful world of animation. The very concept of creating something completely from your own imagination, having the ability to translate that into a moving image to share with others and tell a story at the same time, still excites me to this day.
PP: And how did your style develop and how would you describe it?
DB: I’d say my style is colourful, fun and kind of quirky. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a weirdo with a keen sense of humour and that seems to translate nicely into my work. My work is also quite concise, in that I believe everything on screen should have a purpose. I think that stems from being a bit OCD about the neatness and positioning of the toys on my shelves when I was a child!
PP: What would you say is the biggest influence on your work so far?
DB: Beavis & Butthead and Salad Fingers because they are such likeable and unique characters in my opinion.
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PP: So far, do you have one project that you feel best sums up your style?
DB: I'd say 'Fathers', although it's short, it's a playful little piece which demonstrates my style quite clearly; bold, fun, slightly weird with a twist of humour.
PP: Where do you see the future leading you in your work?
DB: I'm not sure but I guess I’d like to see my work being enjoyed by others, I’ve always believed that if your work has some form of an emotional effect on the viewer, you’ve done a good job.
PP: Who/What inspires you the most?
DB: Nostalgic sounds, sights and smells are my absolute favourite! I tend to get a lot of inspiration from serendipitous things, tiny details, old things, 50s America, 90s colourful patterns and objects that tell a story through their visual characteristics. I’m also massively into old school fast food advertising. Plus the talented artists and studios out there, who continue to inspire me on a daily basis.
PP: So last question! Tell us something about yourself not many people know!
DB: Well, you probably wouldn’t think it looking at me, but you’ll find me at my happiest in the thick of a mosh pit :)
To view Daniel's work please go to: http://www.picassopictures.com/the-pod/daniel-burke