Day in the life of an artist : Daniel Szilagyi
Thanks for stopping by! When I started going to film school one of the things that was really amazing to me was to hear stories of artists I looked up to and how their days were!
I don’t think my day is nearly as exciting as some of those amazing people but hope to give a better glimpse as to what my day looks like time to time!
I work as a UI artist at a smaller tech start up in Vancouver where we work at racing and betting, as well as a freelance artist and part time instructor at VCAD ( Vancouver College of Art & Design )
It all starts here in my room though I get up to get ready most of the time around 8am ( I get up around 7am if I head to life drawing classes at VCAD )
I get up and check my desk ( love the art books and comics ) and then make my way over to the turtle tank to say hi to my turtles ( Fatty and Winnie )
Next it’s time to really wake up and get going with one of the loves of my life…
Mmm pixel hearts
I love to get ready and make sure all my stuff is packed ahead of time so I get my lunch and snacks ready, this time I have water and juices for later plus some good lunch, my headphones for travel music before I’m ready to depart.
The view from my balcony, so I know today ( like most days ) will be a rainy one…better grab my jacket.
View before I lock up and leave ( the painting is my mom’s! )
I hate waiting for the bus sometimes and since I sit most of the day I try and make sure to walk as much as I can, this route takes me about 15mins to get to the train to catch my train downtown to work.
After a train ride, catching another bus across a bridge. I finally can walk to work! this is the view from under the bridge ( Granville Island ) it sounds like a long trip just to get to work but honestly it’s about 45mins from door to door and I don’t live near the core city ( Vancouver )
On the plus side the island has some cool graffiti / Street art every once in a while if you look around, I spotted this guy today.
Today one of my co-workers at the studio bought in a whole bunch of older Marvel and Image comics original art work signed by the artists from comic cons back in the 80’s in the pics these are done by John Bryne of classic X-Men Fame. I try to share stuff with people who are interested in the same things as me and sometimes I see cool stuff like this and makes the days at the studio fun.
I start my work day by checking my emails to see what’s urgent, if we don’t have a morning meeting or stand up I get to work on my tasks for the day.
I’m doing some webpage design and layout today using photoshop, but other days I might be working on mobile UI assets, UX/wireframes or dealing with contractors, our business is growing and new tasks sometimes come up daily and other days it’s more relaxed.
It’s lunch time! so after eating I like to walk around and get some air, sometimes I go near the pond to see the geese ( the most unCanadian animal ever ) or the turtles and ducks.
Have a pretty good view and thankfully we’re still small but I’m about to end my day, tonight I head over to teach at the school downtown.
I teach character design and next term mobile design and theory.
Finally after teaching class I make my way home from downtown and get ready for the next day.
On nights I don’t teach I usually go home to make some dinner and then relax, draw or work on my freelance work.
That’s it! I’m happy to have shared my day and I hope it’s interesting to someone.
My work can be found at my portfolio
Daniel Szilagyi is an artist living and working in Vancouver BC. He has worked in the TV animation industry since 2006 in several production roles ranging from color, character design, storyboarding, flash builds and 2D digital animation.
He moved into gaming in 2011 and since then has worked for indie game studios and start ups to larger well known local game studios in such roles as art lead, artist, UI/UX designer and digital animator. He currently works at a smaller start up, focusing on wagering and freelance in his spare time for a local studio for 2D assets. He also teaches at VCAD part time.