Daniel Špaček, Illustrator & animator

Prague - Czech Republic
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Prague - Czech Republic

Who are you: Imaginary illustrator with 20 years of experience in various fields

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Your current job:

Freelance illustrator and visuality imaginative for various projects. Starting a new children’s book at this moment, super excited about that.

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In which city are you located?

Prague, Czech Republic

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A word to define what kind of worker you are: Persistent in imaginative fantasy and daily drawing. I am more and more happy drawing complex scenes with hundreds of characters.

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What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)

My sketchbook, fountain pen and aquarelle colors. All that I need. I have started my visual career with computers, but now I would like to use them less and less. If I use them, my weapon of choice is usual combination of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Cintiq.

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What does your office space look like?

Usually very messy and not so tidy as on the photos, however, my wife might doom me if I would present our home studio in its usual state of chaos. So I have spent some time with organizing. I expect it to last few days and I will be back to normal

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What kind of music do you listen when you are working?

Minimalistic, jazz, downtempo. I tend to have one playlist and listen to it repeatedly for more than a week. Therefore I pick albums that are deep and get better more I know them. If not music I am listening to an audio of some BBC documentaries just to listen to some interesting things, however, I don’t think I remember anything later.

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Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work?

My usual day depends on workload which is defined by incoming projects. If there is normal time, I don’t need anything special to organize it, when time gets more stressed I can handle everything with simple task list on paper, where I organize things according to their importance and then just happily cross them out one after another.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity?

Love what you do.

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You're better than your colleagues to:

I work mostly freelance so I am afraid I am not the right one to answer this question.

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What is the best advice anyone has given you?

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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What is your best tip for saving time?

Organize your thoughts, have a nice walk. Build positive habits.

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What is your routine start and end of the day?

A coffee at the beginning, a book or few quick chess games at the end.

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Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

My sketchbook.

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Video links from selected animated projects 

https://vimeo.com/73558901

Closing sequence for a kids channel of Czech Television. Awarded by PromaxBDA.

https://vimeo.com/97075617