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Dan dos Santos

Dan dos Santos


LibertyCon 30 Artist Guest of Honor (2017)

At an early age it was pretty apparent that drawing was what I was good at. I spent nearly all of my spare time drawing my favorite cartoon characters with my older sister. We would draw them on rolls of butcher paper, sometimes larger than ourselves, challenging ourselves with the days-long task of coloring the entire image. Three years my elder, and much better at art than me, my sister instilled in me an intense passion to improve.

By my teenage years my love of drawing attracted me to comic books, a passion I still hold dear. I spent every cent of my allowance on those artists I admired so much. I would emulate their work, redrawing all of my favorite panels, and often times created my own comic book characters and stories. By this point, I was certain that I was going to be an artist when I grew up. My parents, however, took a little more convincing.

My local high school sponsored a program called "Careers in Art" which I was immensely fortunate to attend. The program placed students in a weekly internship with a design company or working professional. It was through this program that I met my long time mentor. Through him I learned the basics of illustration, and thus decided to choose that as my major when I would enter college.

I attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1996-2000. Having only done one painting prior, it was there that I honed my picture making skills and came to love the traditional art of oil painting. I graduated the top of my class with a B.F.A. degree in Illustration, and received that year's 'Rhodes Family Award for Special Achievement' in my major.

After graduation, with some scholarship money in my pocket, I embarked on what would quickly turn into my career. I started by painting portraits out of my parent's basement. Eventually, I was making enough to rent a studio. I found a gallery to represent my fine arts, and starting pursuing my dream of becoming an Illustrator. More than a decade later, and with more than a hundred published covers to my name, I am still consumed by that childhood passion to improve.

Dan dos Santos' work spans a variety of genres, including novels, comics and film. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Boeing Aircraft, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, Tor books, UpperDeck, Wizards of the Coast, Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics.

Dan has been the recipient of many awards. He is a five time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Artist, has received both Gold and Silver Medals from Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the 2007 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, and was the Chesley Award winner for Best Paperback Cover of 2007. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list numerous times and his covers are seen in bookstores in dozens of countries around the world.

Aside from freelance illustration, Dan also co-hosts a series of instructional demonstrations called 'Art Out Loud', teaches at numerous workshops and colleges throughout the country, and is the creator /moderator of the popular educational blog 'Muddy Colors'.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Dan dos Santos

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 01:00PM Art Out Loud: Fantasy Portrait Demonstration
In this live demonstration, AGoH Dan dos Santos will walk you through the process of creating a fantasy portrait in oil paints. You will see him execute a portrait from start to finish right before your eyes, implementing the exact same process he uses to create his well-known book covers. The artist will explain his materials, thought process and answer audience questions while he works.
Roosevelt Room
(120 min)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM The Artist's Way: Artist's on the Art of Creation
Artist GOH Dan dos Santos moderates this panel on the creative spark and what drives inspiration.
Fri 09:00PM Artist Meet & Greet
Did something catch your eye in the Art Show? This is a chance to meet the Artist and let them tell you about it. Don't forget to bid!
Sat 11:00AM Artist Guest of Honor Walk Through
Stroll among the wondrous works of art in our Art Show with the Artist Guest of Honor Dan dos Santos. All artists are encouraged to attend.
Art Show
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Urban Fantasy: Druids in the 'Hood Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches
Urban Fantasy themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!
Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Slideshow and Prize Patrol
Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!) Fans of the Black Tide Rising universe won't want to miss a special announcement about this series!
Sat 02:30PM Charity Art Jam
Watch the Artists bounce around ideas and complete their vision before time runs out. All the pieces will go to the Charity Auction to be auctioned off!
Sun 10:00AM The Art of Dan dos Santos
Artist GOH Dan dos Santos will present a retrospective on his art.
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sun 12:00PM Autograph Session (Bogen, dos Santos, Maggert)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Celebrity Jeopardy
Watch as Kevin Hearne, Dan dos Santos, and Elisa Quintana battle it out with fast answers on Art, Science, Literature and other fun topics.