This month we spoke to talented collage artist Daniel Morgenstern about his techniques on and off screen…
Please tell us about how you create your artwork. What is the process and what tools do you use?
My paper portraits are created from recycled paper (discarded billboard posters, carrier bags, wrapping paper). I cut the paper with shears, Finished portraits are scanned, retouched and emailed to clients. I also work digitally and can create a “paper portrait” completely digitally, however the fun of cutting the paper (and cleaning the mess when done) gets lost. I prefer creating an “original” which then becomes a digital file.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
When I was younger I looked around me and was inspired by many things (history of art, rhythm in music, sunsets and colours I saw during Reiki treatments). Nowadays I look inwards and attempt to respond to what is in front of me, based on my own experiences.
How did you get into illustration?
In the early 90s, The Sunday Times started a new supplement – their TV section (later renamed The Culture). They were using portrait illustrations. I called and went with a few of my favourite portraits. I contributed weekly for nearly a decade.
What are you currently working on?
The profile series continues (see animation at the top of the page) – I have recently done another set of portraits for yet another series.
What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators?
Diversify and persevere.
See Daniel’s full portfolio HERE.