Popular comic illustrator Dylan, the creator of the popular webcomic ‘The Daily Dunc’ gives you a sneak peek into the life where daily object surrounding you have a will of their own. To know what his idea was behind the whole comic creation, we decided to interview the artist.
Dylan told Hiptoro, “One of my main goals and hopes is to just put a smile on someone’s face and help them to forget any stress or anxiety that they may be going through. Even if it’s a really bad pun or dad joke, I hope that along with any eye roll comes a smirk or a giggle. That’s all I can hope for. And it’s really fun to also incorporate some personal stories, events, and my own fears and anxieties into the content; People have left comments or written to me saying that they really can relate to certain things, which is always such a great feeling. And it’s been amazing creating some cool connections with other artists and even my followers!”
When we asked him who his major influence was, the artist replied, “Growing up I was a huge Disney fan. I used to pause animated movies on the VCR just so I could sit there and draw characters like Aladdin or Simba from the TV. I was also a very big follower of Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes comics and would often mimic their styles in my own cartooning. If I look back at some of my old drawings (I still have them all from when I was a kid), I can see a lot of influence of Garfield and Odie,…mostly the oval-shaped eyes and the little curl that Jim Davis would draw at the armpits, or neckline. Today, I notice a lot of Calvin & Hobbes influence in my comics and have even been told that they can see a resemblance in the style. Another big influence of mine was online comic artist Natalie Dee. I discovered her when I was in my early 20’s and it’s safe to say she inspired me to start my own daily comic. She cracked me up!”
We asked him, how long does he take to complete the full comic, “It can vary for sure but I’d say somewhere in the ballpark of 3-4 hours, depending on if it’s a single or multi-panel comic. Sometimes the image can almost repeat or there isn’t a lot of change in the character movement so those can go a little faster than if there are a lot of different scene changes or variations in the character movements/expressions. Additionally, coming up with the concept itself can take some time, and sometimes even a rework of the last panel and punchline is necessary if it doesn’t quite turn out how I had envisioned it.”
He further added, “Absolutely. I somehow did a brand new comic every day in 2018! That took a lot of energy. Lately, I find myself reposting old content but I have a running list of concepts that I need to revisit and get some new stuff out there! But yes, getting burnt out can happen for sure. I work a full-time job as well as other life responsibilities (as we all do) so it can sometimes be tough to find the time and motivation. A break here and there, however, can really help reset the creative engine and get things going again!”