We are hugely grateful to the contributors that help us make each edition of the magazine. Without their imagination and generosity LtW wouldn’t exist. Our thanks go out to the writers, but also to the illustrators who create the beautiful images that accompany our stories.
We spoke to Dan Walters, Like the Wind #12’s incredible cover artist, who told us about his work and gave us an insight into what fuels him to run.
LTW: Tell us a little about yourself, and what See Creatures is.
DW: My name is Dan Walter and I am an artist/illustrator/surface pattern designer living in Brighton. I have worked both locally and for international clients such as the North Face, Nike, GAP and Patagonia. I am really influenced by the outdoors. I draw a lot of nature inspired elements and use the travel I get to do with work to explore some amazing places and get inspired for the next design. I set up See Creatures Studio in 2014 and I have got to do some fantastic projects, most recently a mural on new craft beer pub, The Pond, in the Brighton Lanes.
LTW: What is your favourite running memory?
DW: I run mostly with my 8yr old Great Dane, Loki. When we first moved to Brighton we were exploring the South Downs and new places to go. While the early days of setting up the business were pretty hectic, I really remember getting up to Ditchling Beacon after a day in the studio, and both of us just running across the downs blown away by wind and the views. She is a great running partner.
LTW: What is your favourite thing about running?
DW: It’s about the views for me. Work takes me to some cool places, I love an early run on the first morning when I can’t sleep to explore the surroundings. Running around with the kids is pretty awesome too!
LTW: What inspired you to choose that text to illustrate?
DW: I recently went on holiday to Scotland with my family. We had an unexpected 12hr drive to the highlands as our flight was cancelled. Seeing stags standing on hills at 4am and the mountains appearing from the darkness really stuck with me so I felt I already had a vision for this piece when I read it.