Artist Dailen Ogden's richly creative spirit weaves her love of character and costume design with her passion for storytelling, into a magical and somewhat dark fantasy world where crows have three eyes and a goddess races through the night with werewolves. She references historical legends and pulls inspiration from Art Deco. Dailen's love of animals is shown in the strong presence they hold among their human counterparts in her illustrations.
I’ve loved animals since I was a kid, and my interest in canines and horses got me started drawing when I was very young. Nowadays, I find them compelling, intense subjects, and I love to incorporate them into every piece I possibly can. They go along well with my other big inspirations—history and mythology.
Professionally, I spend a lot of time using Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, and Clip Studio Paint—all digital programs that I find all have different things to offer. On my own time, I love ink, watercolor, and gouache recently, but I was actually a fine artist specializing in acrylics and oils before I got into illustration.
I’ve had family pets all my life growing up, but just last year was when I finally adopted my own dog for the first time. He’s a German Shepherd/Border Collie mix, and his name is Bubba. I absolutely love him to pieces—he’s my friendly couch potato and working as an artist means I get to stay home with him all day. He’s the sweetest, gentlest dog I’ve ever owned, and watching his silly antics gives me plenty of material for quick practice comics.
I’ve been creating art for longer than I can remember. I think I picked up a marker as a kid and just never stopped—to hear my parents tell it, I’ve been drawing on everything I could get my hands on (including myself) since I could hold a pencil. It’s one of those lifelong things for me, that one thing that I’ll put my 10,000 hours into without even noticing.
This is a hard one. I know a lot of people describe their pieces like their children; they love them all equally, et cetera, and so on. But for me, my drawings are more like old boyfriends—most of the time, when I’m done with one, I don’t really want to see it anymore, haha. That said, it’s a feeling that’s faded a little in the last few years, as I’m finally finding an art style and process that feels like it fits with what I see in my head. Lately I’m still very fond of my Werewolf Goddess, even if there are a few minor tweaks I could stand to make to it.
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