As the artist who illustrates the White Mountain Children’s Adventure group of children’s books for Free People Publishing, Daniel Pantano combines freehand pencil drawing with the contemporary digital techniques of computerized inking and coloring. That pairing of traditional and modern methods draws on Dan’s technical training and his experience as a multi-media artist. His specialties also include watercolor painting, acrylic painting, and charcoal sketching.
Whether illustrating books or producing other visual works, Dan feels an irresistible urge to communicate with people through the images he creates. “I want to give the audience the same excitement I feel when I see the work of my favorite artists,” he explains. “When I have an idea, I have to express it or I will explode, and the best way that I can do that is to draw it.”
When pursuing his interest in graphic novels and comics, Dan creates sequential art that consists of individual scenes that each sparkle with independent allure, while the images also work progressively as a group to develop a story, advancing the narrative from page to page and reaching a conclusion that is entertaining and dramatic.
Dan lives near Boston. He graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a degree in fine arts and illustration. In addition to creating his own works, Dan shares his talents by working as an art and painting instructor.
No matter the technique, the subject matter, the medium or the finished product, Dan approaches art as an act of pure and unbounded creation. “I feel free and unstoppable,” he says. “Anything can be put on a page. There are no limits or rules. It’s pure freedom.”
Dan’s portfolio is at cargocollective.com/dpantano.