I first came across Emmanuel Dankyi’s (ed. for short) work during the promotion of the first Artmosphere Design Experience (dEX for short) event sometime in March of 2018. His fun, out-the-box ideas, colour choices, geometric patterns, refreshing animations, expressive photos and
Several months after encountering his work, ed. has become one of my favourite visual artists. He is a master of many trades who dabbles in motion graphics, graphic design, 2D animation, photography and illustration.
In typical Squid Alley fashion, I had to know a few basics about him. What follows is my Squid Alley chat with Emmanuel Dankyi.
1. What are your go-to tools?
My brain, sketch pad and black pens, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects.
2. What inspires you?
My inspiration comes mostly from my experiences, the people around me and my environment. I see patterns everywhere, stories in everything and lessons in great work from other artists. I like to deconstruct and reconstruct and I pay keen attention to details. Because I’m looking to find the devil, God also plays a very big role here.
3. What major challenges do you face?
The standards I set for myself sometimes can become very challenging in the sense that I become very frustrated when I’m unable to hit it. Another challenge I face on a daily basis is ‘team’ – sometimes I wish there were 5 versions of me working together making a lot of magic.
Time is one of my biggest challenges because there are a lot of things to be done, but such little time. We’re taking things one at a time though. Annoying clients also have to make this list just because…
4. What is your favourite (and most fun) piece of work?
I haven’t really thought of this before. Lol but if I had to choose, My mothers’ day piece, the Untitled piece and my Dear Black Man piece. Those are my top three.
I had most fun on them because they were very experimental pieces and I did things I hadn’t done before on those works. The people I collaborated with were also awesome and the whole process came together beautifully. I just love the experiences that came with making those pieces.
5. Who do you absolutely listen to when you work?
Depends on the mood and what I’m doing that moment. I have a wide library with genres ranging from Classical, Jazz, Rap, Blues and RnB albums with a few Ghanaian productions. Sometimes too, I just let the Internet choose the playlist for me. I find new discoveries interesting.
6. What do you do for fun?
I like to travel, spend time out with the gang, sketching, watching movies, and playing games (not much these days though) but I find traveling most fulfilling.
7. You have 24hrs in the Squid Time Tunnel to change something about your past. What would it be and why?
Absolutely nothing. I hate a lot of things in my past but I believe I wouldn’t be the person I’m becoming without those experiences. And I like the person I’m becoming.
8. What’s your hope for African comics, games and animation in the next 3 years?
I hope for more collaborations and original stories, more females in the industry, for our people to understand and embrace it a bit
9. The Triomphant Bonus: Who are your top 3 African creatives across comics, games, animation, music, technology etc?
KaDi Yao Tay
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