Bringing Amazing Color to Life: Dave Danchuk

Dave DanchukDave DanchukScrollsaw artist
Amazed Creations

I recently discovered Dave through Facebook. He is active with his Cafepress shop and promotion which is the common thread that connected us through a user group. The first moment I saw Dave’s work I was  in awe of both his talent and the work itself. I had never heard of Scrollsaw art.  It’s one thing to paint in detail… it’s an entirely different skill to be able to see the image, cut it out of wood, piece it back together like a puzzle and then add color to create a final work of art. Dave is, as his website title suggests, an amazing artist. In the short time we’ve exchanged emails, I’ve also found him to be a great guy… very friendly and willing to share his views. I have no doubt he will find himself reaching his dream of becoming a fulltime artist. The scroll saw medium fascinates me and I’m so grateful to be able to share Dave’s work with you.

What do you create?

I’m mainly a scrollsaw artist, creating large pieces of artwork out of hundreds of cut up pieces of wood which are brightly colored and reassembled. I also paint with acrylics, and design various designs and phrases that I think would sell as shirts. Scrollsawing is definitely my passion.

Dimebag by Dave Danchuck

From wood cut pieces to painting…

progress of art by Dan Danchuk

How did you get started?
My mother’s a poet and was doing a group art show with various artists, and I saw the work of one guy whom I thought was a great painter, but upon looking closer, I saw that he was a great woodworker. He showed me a few things, and then I did my research, and ended up as a scroller.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Young

ashley and denitra by Dave DanchukName three favorite artists/designers/creatives:
Some of my favorite artists I’ve found through the Myspace Art groups. Gabe Leonard, Bort and Frankie B. I’d highly recommend checking out all 3.

What kind of training, schooling or other learning experiences have you gone through that has helped you get to where you are now?
I learn by doing. I was a self taught musician who played across Canada, played the Warped Tour with Sublime, the Deftones, No Doubt, Quicksand and many others. After that I became a self taught artist. It helps to keep the creativity flowing…

Do you feel you’re successful?
Yes, I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished. I’m not where I’d like to be, as I’d like to be doing it full time, but with a wife and two young children to feed, a regular paycheck is extremely helpful, but, one day…

What do you like most about what you do?
The creativity is the best, I like going to bed thinking that I accomplished something that day.

What #1 piece advice can you offer to those which might like to “follow in your footsteps”?
Find what keeps you happy, and enjoy the process.

What are you most proud of?
My daughter Maya, and my son Zack, my very cool wife Annabel, and a couple of my big art projects which have been very well received.treefrog by Dave Danchuk

Dave has taken his art and applied it to print on demand via Cafepress in addition to selling his paintings and scrollsaw work through various outlets. I asked him to share some of his thoughts and insights regarding this aspect of his business…

borts fly by Dave DanchukWhat can you share about transitioning from your painting and scrollsaw pieces to sell through Print on Demand?
Cafepress started for me through the Art Groups of Myspace. Some of the artists there had their artwork as shirts, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I sold a few in the beginning to other artists, but it didn’t really take off. My daughter was young and was a big Bob Marley fan (every kid should be), so I quickly designed an M is for Marley (now no longer available) shirt and an R is For Reggae shirt. It took me about 5 minutes to design them, and they started selling like crazy. It actually ticked me off that all this art that I had made that takes about a month each to produce was being far outsold by a simple 3 colored word design that took fractions of the time to make. So, I thought, screw this, I’ll keep my artwork on there, but in the cold winter months when it’s pretty cold to be out playing with wood in my carport, I’ll design simple, often cheesy designs. I think I now have over 44,000 items in my Cafepress store. Some sell pretty well, others surprise me, but in the end, I now make a good chunk of change every month off of the designs.

What inspired you to approach print on demand?
I could make prints myself, but I’d rather spend time making more art or hanging with my family rather than trying to collect money, getting packaging, getting shipping info, going to the post office etc…it’s nice just letting them do the work (,,, & also offer my work) and then just cashing a cheque they send me monthly.

What obstacles have you encountered in doing so?
I thought I’d need a website to sell my artwork, which I created and I’m happy with, but Myspace and Facebook have probably gotten me more orders, which is pretty dang cool. I joined Facebook late, but 3 days after I joined I got a $1500 commission from an old friend. Facebook is now okay by me.

cheers by Dave Danchuk

Other comments and ideas you’d like to share about anything relating to your work, art, or life in general:
I think I’m good, but if anyone wants any more information, tips or advice, feel free to contact me either through my website, Facebook or my MySpace page.

4 thoughts on “Bringing Amazing Color to Life: Dave Danchuk”

  1. Dave,

    I'm impressed on your interview. It was worth reading. As always, I wish you well and hope all is well with your family.

  2. Dave,

    I'm impressed on your interview. It was worth reading. As always, I wish you well and hope all is well with your family.

  3. Dave,

    I'm impressed on your interview. It was worth reading. As always, I wish you well and hope all is well with your family.

  4. Dave,

    I'm impressed on your interview. It was worth reading. As always, I wish you well and hope all is well with your family.

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