The title of this webpage is something of a lie (sorry), as I don't get asked questions all that often, much less frequently. But those questions that DO come tend to be asked over and over by different people, so I thought it was time to finally save myself the trouble of having to repeat my answers in multiple emails.

Q: Are you the comic book artist? Why don't you have any of your comics stuff featured here?

A: That's a question I get asked all the time. It turns out there is another artist by the name of Adam McDaniel, a talented fellow who works in the comic book industry. I don't know which of us was born first -- and, by gentlemen's tradition, would therefore hold favored standing for the commercial use of our name -- but I do know that I was the first one to register as a domain name. Ha Ha.

I did contribute some artwork for an independent comic book some years ago (long since defunct), and I have recently interviewed with two comic book publishers about the possibility of working as a cover artist. But should you see the name appear under a prominent comic book title, alas it is almost certainly the product of my namesake and not me.

Q: Where did you learn to draw? Did you study it at school?

A: No -- I largely taught myself, and had no formal art education. A part of me regrets this, as every now and then I fancy the idea of going back to get a MFA in illustration or graphic design. I think I might have been more successful by now, artistically at least, had I gone through such a program. I also feel that I still have much to learn, and am trying to improve day by day. But then again, the best learning has always been by doing -- art school or no.

Q: Do you actually paint all your pictures, or are they made using Photoshop?

A: Unless I state otherwise, everything is done by hand, either on paper or canvas. I list the given medium in captions under the pictures. There are times when I might use Photoshop to adjust or enhance an image, but that's rare.

Q: Are any original pieces on your site for sale?

A: Yes! You can see what's available on the ART FOR SALE page.

Q: An original is out of my price range. Can I buy a print instead?

A: I've had high resolution scans made from some of my better paintings, and from them glicee prints can be made. I use Imagekind for all my prints -- they offer a wide selection of sizes, papers, mattes and frames at a very reasonable price. They can even print artwork on canvas!

Q: How much do prints cost?

A: It varies according to the size you want, and the type and quality of the paper or canvas used. Basic matte surface papers are very affordable, though prints made with them tend to look a bit dark and muddy, and some colors (especially reds and oranges) become oversaturated. Higher quality, acid-free papers and canvases of a heavier stock are more expensive, but they offer much more faithful color reproduction and durability over time. Email me for more information.

Q: Why don't you advertise the sale of prints on your site?

A: Much of my artwork features trademarked or copyrighted characters, and as I'm not a licensee I can't advertise or commercially promote the sale of prints in which such characters are featured. It's a sensitive issue, and I look to err on the side of caution.

Q: Can I hire you to do a painting for me? How much do you charge?

A: I do accept commissions, and am happy to say that in recent months I've been receiving more of them! You can find out more on my COMMISSIONS page.

Q: Can you create digital artwork?

A: Yes, though I prefer using "old school" pen and paper. I'm still trying to get used to my drawing tablet, even though I've owned it for years.

Q: I have some old photos that are in bad condition. Do you do photo restoration? How much would it cost?

A: Yes! I've actually had a lot of practice with it, too, as I've been working on restoring hundreds of personal family photos this past year, and recently have been hired to help restore others' photos. Some samples:

For rates, the work is the same as it would be for commissioned artwork; you can find out more on my COMMISSIONS page.

Q: You do web design, too? What applications do you use? How much would it cost?

A: Yes -- and I currently use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects. For pricing info, go to my WEB DESIGN page.

Q: So do you consider yourself an artist or illustrator?

A: I actually prefer doing illustration work because I enjoy the creative process behind it, and illustration better suits my drawing and painting style. I've never been much a fan of abstract or landscape painting, and "The Art World" holds little interest to me.

Q: Can you give me any advice on starting an art career?

A: I'm looking for advice myself!

Q: Which artists inspired you?

A: Of "artists" proper: Klimt, Da Vinci, Rodin, Duhrer, Dali, Monet, Manet, Michaelangelo, and many, many others!

Of "classic" illustrators: J.C. Leyendecker, Richard Amsel, Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Edward Gorey, Bob Peak, James Gurney, David Edward Byrd, Bernie Fuchs, Drew Struzan, M.C. Escher, and the Hildebrandt brothers.

Of comic book/graphic novel artists and illustrators: William Stout, Dave Dorman, and Frank Miller, among many others -- including Matt Busch and Alex Ross, who prove that even bald illustrators can be sexy.

Of animators: Walt Disney & company, Don Bluth, Max Fleischer, and anyone and everyone at a little place called Pixar.

Q: Why do you paint so many movie characters?

A: You paint what inspires you, and what you love.

Q:'re like, totally obsessed with Indiana Jones! What is it, a mancrush? Don't you think that's a little weird? Didn't Kingdom of the Crystal Skull completely suck?

1.) Yes, I'm obsessed.
2.) No, it's purely platonic. Indy's super-cool and all, but my fascination with him is a case of cinematic hero worship and not a mancrush. Not that there's anything wrong with mancrushes; I myself have a little one on actor James McAvoy.
3.) Yes, it's a little weird. But then again, so am I.
4.) Not completely.