Demon(s)

My contribution to Hero Complex Gallery's 20th Anniversary Hellboy show Friday May 2nd in Los Angeles, California. It's an honor for me to be chosen to display for this show as Hellboy was my favorite comic growing up and a huge influence on my work.

Below are process shots divided into five steps I generally follow with every piece I do. 

Step 1: I divide the page into subdivisions based loosely on Andrew Loomis’ “informal subdivisions” in which you divide the space unevenly allowing you to visualize compositions more creatively. This is purely a creative endeavor and not a mechanic one. The tweaks I made to the process drastically reduce the numbers of angles possible which is inherently limiting but I usually function best when there are less choices and it forces me to come up with more creative solutions.

Step 2: Look for the composition. This is where the divisions help. If you have an idea in mind an image starts to form. I had a general idea in mind here. I love two things specifically about the Hellboy series. One; its unbelievable cast of monsters and demons and the idea of its protagonist constantly struggling against hordes of them, larger than life. I knew I wanted to depict that somehow. Secondly, I love Mike Mignola’s compositions. A favorite trick of mine and one that works since the dawn of time; from classical paintings to comics is the vertical placement of a figure against a blank background and a secondary compositional element that runs diagonally behind the primary vertical element. Look at Mignola’s covers. You will usually find this formula and a variation of it in almost every single one. So the idea became Hellboy on the bottom of the frame “topped” by a cast of demons and monsters.

Step 3: Once I visualized and finished the sketch, I brought it into Adobe Illustrator where I began building the illustration. I say building because I don’t consider it drawing any longer. It’s more about moving and dragging shapes and broken up shapes around sticking as closely to the original grid as possible.

Step 4: I rarely ever have a color scheme in mind so when I transition from outlines to shapes, I usually work in grayscale that allows me to build the values I will follow with the colors. Since I only work with flat shapes, this is usually tricky as I need to be careful about creating contrast everywhere without much of the color feeling too flat or not coherent to the image I want to build.

Step 5: For this piece I wanted to stay relatively true to the Hellboy color schemes Mignola uses. A bright red to make Hellboy stand out from the rest of the characters on the same page. I rarely work with such a dark palette so this was fairly new to me. Essentially three weights of color here. The warm grays of the demons, the yellow accents and the red of Hellboy. Finally I usually bring the final piece into Photoshop if I need to add adjustment layers tweaking hues and contrast.

Final also shown with original grid.

#hellboy #daniel nyari #art #artists on tumblr #Illustration #mike mignola #vector #hero complex gallery #hellboy20 #dark horse comics #hellboy 20th anniversary #hellboy20years #hellboy20thartshow #hellboy20th

This week’s installment I art directed for MLS Insider.

This one profiles the U.S. Men’s National Team midfield duo of Michael Bradley & Kyle Beckerman. A technical and tactical look at what makes the two iconic center midfielders great. Focus is on how well they compliment each other very well in both the destroy & create roles. They share the workload for each while with the national team, despite maybe having other roles with their respective clubs.

Art by PJ McQuade

Read Full story and watch video here.

#pj mcquade #art #football #soccer #soccer art #Daniel Nyari #kyle beckerman #michael bradley #usmnt #usmnt world cup #world cup

I did a few portrait illustrations for Philadelphia Magazine on their April 2014 Cover Story. 
"Dynamism of a Soccer Player" by Umberto Boccioni, 1913. "To paint the human figure, you must not render it. You must paint the whole of its surroundings"

"Dynamism of a Soccer Player" by Umberto Boccioni, 1913. "To paint the human figure, you must not render it. You must paint the whole of its surroundings"

This week’s piece I art directed for MLS Insider on Landon Donovan’s incredible career in the MLS. Interviewed are defenders who have faced him.
Art by the always immense Sebastian Domenech
View full video and story here.

This week’s piece I art directed for MLS Insider on Landon Donovan’s incredible career in the MLS. Interviewed are defenders who have faced him.

Art by the always immense Sebastian Domenech

View full video and story here.

#la galaxy #Daniel Nyari #soccer #soccer art #football #artists on tumblr #football art #sebastian domenech #landon donovan #mls #burned by donovan

Process shot of my Hellboy piece. This is basically how I start every piece. Very arduous sketch phase but makes things easier later.

Process shot of my Hellboy piece. This is basically how I start every piece. Very arduous sketch phase but makes things easier later.

I art directed this piece for MLS Insider on New York City FC Head Coach Jason Kreis and his journey to Manchester to study its culture and bring back to New York.
In collaboration with FutbolArtistNetwork
Art by the talented Meen Choi
View full video here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/04/03/new-challenge-look-back-how-jason-kreis-left-real-salt-lake-new-york-city-fc

I art directed this piece for MLS Insider on New York City FC Head Coach Jason Kreis and his journey to Manchester to study its culture and bring back to New York.

In collaboration with FutbolArtistNetwork

Art by the talented Meen Choi

View full video here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/04/03/new-challenge-look-back-how-jason-kreis-left-real-salt-lake-new-york-city-fc

#jason kreis #new yorkc city fc #nycfc #manchester city #MCFC #Meen Choi #Illustration #soccer #soccer art #football #artists on tumblr #editorial

I did a portrait of famous chef and one of my favorite personalities; David Chang for a bi-monthly column he will write for GQ Magazine. 

#david chang #gq #editorial #portrait #vector #Daniel Nyari #artists on tumblr #illustration

I will be art directing a series of projects in collaboration with FAN for MLS MLS INSIDER produced by emmy-award winning Jonathan Hock. First up a piece on Toronto FC with illustration by the talented Michael Marsicano.
Link: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/03/27/rebuilding-toronto-fc-mls-insider-chronicles-events-ryan-nelsens-hiring-mich

I will be art directing a series of projects in collaboration with FAN for MLS MLS INSIDER produced by emmy-award winning Jonathan Hock. First up a piece on Toronto FC with illustration by the talented Michael Marsicano.

Link: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/03/27/rebuilding-toronto-fc-mls-insider-chronicles-events-ryan-nelsens-hiring-mich

#mls #mls insider #toronto fc #michael bradley #jermaine defoe #julio cesar #soccer #soccer art #football #Daniel Nyari #michael marsicano #Illustration

Recent commission.
Lionel Messi | FC Barcelona
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Did some app icons for David Elgena’s new project management app now live in the App Store. Filled with work by other amazing illustrators.
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Did some app icons for David Elgena’s new project management app now live in the App Store. Filled with work by other amazing illustrators.

More info here

#app #illustration #art #vector #Daniel Nyari #web design #app design #mobile design #david elgena #project management

Lukas Podolski | Arsenal
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