Dan Peterson

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Specialist Subject Areas

Illustration – reportage, editorial, book, concept
War Art, Graphic Design


BA(hons) Illustration (First) Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University
BTEC ND Design (Reprographics) Cardiff School of Print, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education


Dan started his career as a trainee Sign Writer quickly followed by a year as an illustrator with the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. After getting his hands on one of the original Apple Macs in 1984, in Loughborough, he was lured into graphic design. He found the perfect course at The Cardiff School of Print (part of Cardiff School of Art and Design) and so began a 25 year career in Graphic Design which saw him working freelance as well as in agencies as designer, studio manager, art director and creative director until he started his own agency in 2002. He’s worked on design work for clients ranging from small local business to global brands.

Illustration has always played a part – in 1991 Dan illustrated a children’s book for the publishers Gwasg Taf, Y Belen Iorwerth, and in 1995 a medical electronics book for Edward Arnold Publishers. Illustration always formed a big part of his design work, not least of all being able to illustrate a design concept during a brief. In 2009 he decided to concentrate on illustrating again and so enrolled on the Illustration course at CSAD graduating in 2012. During the course he researched War Art and War Artists. Bringing together illustration and another aspect of his life, that saw him as a paratrooper in the British Territorial Army for 14 years, in 2011 he accompanied The 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) on operation into Helmand Province, Afghanistan as an MOD Official War Artist. Pen, pencil and moleskin in hand he recorded their tour with sketches, drawings and subsequently paintings. Since returning he has conducted talks, participated in radio and television programmes and exhibited in the UK and Europe. He has won prizes including The Best of Welsh Design Awards, The Linda Kitson Prize and a Lord Mayor’s Design Award. Some current work – concept and character illustrations for a film project for Director Gabriel Beristain; a portrait of Dylan Thomas for the Riverside Theatre, Sydney; illustrations for a board game, Camelot the Court, for Wotan Games; and design work for a booklet called The Chemists War by Michael Freemantle.

Current Research

The history of War Art – specifically front line war artists. Art and perception with emphasis on reportage illustration, sketching and drawing. Art Therapy.