Daniel Palacios shares plenty of sketches and creative process in his Instagram feed. And he shares the processes of other lettering artists. His Instagram is a digital classroom and community for like-minded and curious creative people. Daniel took time to answer a few questions.
1. Your name and title/business name/location?
My name is Daniel Palacios and I work under the name Highpulp, which is my home studio. I’m based approximately 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley.
2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?
My specialty is lettering. I guess you can say I’m known for having a style that utilizes brush pens throughout my work. I have a tendency of sketching with them rather than starting with a pencil. I use the sketches generated by the brush pens as a base to find interesting relationships between the letters and refine with pencil and tracing paper.
3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I got my bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at California State University, Los Angeles. My love for lettering started when I took a letterform class during my junior year in college. Since 2012, I’ve been obsessed with type and lettering.
Growing up, I used to draw a lot. I’m a big fan of Marvel comics and Wolverine was my favorite to draw. In high school and junior college, I took several drawing and painting classes, which I think were a culmination to where I am today.
4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
Brush pens and tracing paper. Can’t have one without the other. I specifically prefer the Tombow Dual Brush Pen, but lately I’ve been enjoying the Kuretake Pocket Brush Pen and classic Crayola markers.
5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I recharge by listening to podcasts, traveling, listening to music, attending meet-ups, spending time with friends and family, talking with like-minded people and other artists/designers.
6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
I work at a law firm during the day and read stories to my two-year old at night.