Hey Everybody!

Welcome to my website!

This being my first blog post.  I’m going to tell you a bit about who I am.

My name is Daniel Eskridge, and I’m an artist…at least I am some of the time.  I have a day job as a software engineer.  But in my spare time, I create art.

I grew up in north Georgia in the metro Atlanta area, and I live there now, north of the city a bit.  I’m in my mid-forties, married, and have three kids.

I’m a classically trained artist in such formats as drawing, painting, scupture and photography and have degrees in both art and computer science from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).

For many years, I primarily did oil and acrylic paintings.  However, being a software engineer by day,  I’ve always been around computers and have was experimenting with digital as far back as the mid 1980’s.  When my youngest son was born though, I decided to get the hazardous chemicals out of the house (which included all my oil paints), and I went all digital.

I first started to like art when I was a kid.  I read lots of science fiction and fantasy novels and was always fascinated by the cover illustrations.  I first learned to make art by copying such artists as Larry Elmore, Kieth Parkinson, Michael Whelan, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta.

Naturally, my first genre of choice was fantasy, but over the years, I’ve branched into the paleoart, wildlife, and Western genres.  I’ve also produced several non-genre realist works.

I spend a great deal of time outdoors, so nature and organic forms play a large role in my art.  Particularly the place where I grew up (and still live), northern Georgia and the foothills of the southern Appalachians, inspires a lot of my work.

Sometime around 2010, I discovered something called print-on-demand websites.  These are websites that allow artists to sell their works directly to customers in the form of custom-specified, on-demand, ink jet prints.  I tried uploading a few of my works to various sites and found that they sold!

Not only did my art start to sell, but I also started getting illustration contracts and setting up licensing agreements.

Nowadays, I don’t have much time for contract work with a rather intense day job and a baby daughter in the house, but  I do take the occasional commission if it fits.  Plus, I still manage to create at least one new artwork per week — and if you want to hear about all of my latest works as well a see some of my favorites, subscribe to my email list.

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2 Replies to “Hey Everybody!”

  1. Hi Daniel, It is good that you provide all this information for all of us. It gives me insight as to how you are doing, how you go about your business of art. Like you I like the POD and it does work a tiny bit for me as well. As you know, I am a writer and work with artists for creating the Wurtherington Diary and want to make the art available to readers. FAA is a joy as well as Red Bubble . I do use Mail Chimp,. like you did, and hit the 2000 limit recently. I decided to simply un-enroll those who had low open ratings as I added new ones. I did look at other email programs and did not find anything that suited my tiny computer skills. I do well selling certified comics and art on an international basis and have been doing low six-figures for a decade. It is a retirement hobby/business.
    All is well. I love your art too and always look forward to your weekly email.

    1. Hi Reynold,
      I was nowhere close to the 2000 limit, so I was rather put out by my account being locked, but more so because I could not find out why. I’m glad to hear you do well with your business. Do you have a website for it? You might have told me before, but I can’t seem to find it in any of my histories.

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