I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Daniel O'Leary

Daniel O'Leary

He believes his desire to poke fun at things comes from growing up in a large family, where sometimes you need a little good-natured teasing to get by. Whether the topic is news, pop culture, history or something else, that ability to find the humor and draw on personal experience sets Danny apart. Based in New Jersey, he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Paier College of Art in Connecticut.


Today, Danny works entirely digitally. He still paints and draws for some of his fine art projects – his landscapes are oil and acrylic, for instance – but his illustrations are nearly always done using the paint and drawing tools in Photoshop.


During his career, Danny has explored many styles and continues to do so. Clients appreciate the variety within his portfolio – there are ultra-realistic photo-illustrations, while other work is practically scribbles. Even with all his experience, he keeps on mixing it up and expanding his boundaries.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Daniel: It probably goes back to all the great illustration in the huge stacks of yellow National Geographic Magazines I had as a kid. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Daniel: I got a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Paier College of Art in Connecticut USA. Then I studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League in NYC. Question: Where are you originally from? Daniel: I've always lived within an hour or two of NYC. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Daniel: After 25 years in Manhattan, a few months ago I moved to our little lake house in Northern NJ. Question: Where is your studio & can you describe if for me? Daniel: It's a small room in the house with floor to ceiling glass on 3 sides. It's divided into computer and painting spaces, I also work outside. Question: Describe the view from your studio window. Daniel: It's a pretty nice view of the lake, about 10 ft away. There's a small forested area to the side, and gorgeous sunsets across the lake. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Daniel: I love music, pop culture, film, the news, kayaking, the ocean, landscape painting, history, American Civil War reenacting & backpacking.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Daniel: I recently did a private commission of a series of illustrations of one of the world's best selling novelists. But I'm not allowed to talk about it yet. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Daniel: Tom Lovell, Howard Pyle, NC Wyeth, David Shannon, Matt Muhurin, Gary Larson, Norman Rockwell. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Daniel: Learn how to make your illustrations MOVE! At least have some knowledge of animation. Question: Do you think anyone with Photoshop can be an illustrator these days? Daniel: I own an awesome surfboard but I can barely stand up on the thing. Question: What was the first record you bought? Daniel: I'm embarrassed to say that it was actually won from a radio contest....KISS ALIVE II, I was about 12 years old. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Daniel: I've been studying voice acting for a while, that's been a passion for way too long. I'd also love to work for a charity, if I didn't have to make a living.
Random House, Penguin Group, Harper Collins, Dorchester Publishing, St. Martin's Press, Harlequin Enterprises, Hachette Book Group, Scholastic

Art Equipment: My Mac, Wacom tablet, Isabey 6629 sable brushes, HB Pencil, Essdee Scraperboard
Food: Chocolate
Drink: Coffee from The Mudtruck NYC
Shop: Housing Works Thrift Shop Aids Charity
Holiday Destination: The ocean, any beach with nice sand, decent waves, and warm water. Palm trees optional.