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Daniel Schmelling
Daniel Schmelling
Freelance Digital Artist/Designer
Stahnsdorf, Germany


Professional Freelance Digital Artist/Designer, specializing in Science Fiction, Space Art and Fantasy. I look forward to your projects.

Hello, my name is Daniel, as you probably guessed and I am a freelance digital artist and designer dedicated to environmental, landscape and scenery art, including space art, for different kinds of media such as for websites, books and more. Besides, I also provide photo editing and graphic design.
Very early on in my career, I had a kind of fascination with landscapes, space and environments. There are so many different kinds of characters in landscapes, from the good natured, like vibrant with water flowing, the sun shining between tree crowns, to the darker elements, like thunderstorms, deep gorges and volcanic skies.

My approach to new projects is very explorative, abstract, rough and open minded. Usually my work-flow at the beginning of projects is putting down thumbnail ideas on the canvas in Photoshop. Once the ideas are nailed down, I refine and add the intricate details, always keeping the clients needs and feedback in mind.

Little inside on how your covers are being approached:

It is actually fairly simple.

1. Thumbnails and mock-ups for composition and story telling would be created first and also what elements should be presented to tell the viewer what the project is about. These are usually about 2 - 3 thumbnails. Sometimes, if the client has a clear vision about the project, the thumbnail part is skipped.
Moodboard with references for colours, textures, elements and more will be made as well.

2. After the decision for a thumbnail that works best for the final product, it would go into the stage of refinement and creating the final rendering. After the thumbnail as a foundation has been decided, minor changes and adding elements can be made, but they must not change the overall design.

3. (only applies on books and other print media, if needed) Once the art is done or in a stage of getting done, the graphic design aspect with choosing fonts with the client and making them flow with the overall theme of the art would come into place.

Ranging from 700 - 1800 EUR(varies on the individual client/request).

-Standard project typically swims around 900 EUR, plus licensing fee.
-Least starts at 700 EUR.
-Hourly rates are at 85 EUR
-Daily rates are around 300 - 500 EUR

All prices vary, depending on the individual client/request, as stated above in the pricing range.
For calculating, I always want to know the situation the client is currently in, so that an individual quote can be made.
I always let payments to be made in installments, so that it can be managed in a flexible way.

Do not hesitate to ask, if anything is unclear.

If you are interested and would like to work with me or have any questions regarding my service or work, please feel free to send me a request.

I am based in Germany so my design skills can be offered in both german (native) and english (fluent).

Daniel Schmelling
Schmetterlingsring 3
14532 Stahnsdorf
USt-ID/VAT-ID.: DE301544058


Adobe PhotoshopAdobe IndesignDigital PaintingExperimental DesignSpace ArtPhoto-manipulationGraphic DesignDigital IllustrationEnvironment ArtBackground Art

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  • Freelance Artist and Digital Artist/Designer at Self-Employed
    January 2014 - Present

    Worked in a design studio, graphic design print, digital illustration, photo manipulation, image editing, colour correction, concept art for video games, freelance concept art for indie development studios, skybox/background art for space games, promotional concept art and assets, digital art and concept art for book cover, wallpaper art, artbook creation(graphic design, layout, writing)

  • Background Artist at State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe
    November 2016 - December 2016

    Background Art for upcoming exhibition.

  • Featured Artwork at 2DArtist Magazine Issue 128
    United Kingdom
    August 2016 - August 2016

    Artwork featured "On The Edge" in 2DArtist Magazine Gallery.

  • Concept Artist at Special Circumstances
    June 2015 - January 2017

    Background Art, Skyboxes.

  • Concept Artist at CaveBear Games
    March 2015 - September 2016

    Design, promitional paintings, concept art ingame content.

  • T.S. Orgel - der Blausteinkrieg at Random House
    January 2015 - March 2015

    early concept art and scribbles fantasy novel.

  • Interviewee at Interview Advanced Photoshop Magazine Issue 131
    United Kingdom
    December 2014 - January 2015

  • Graphic Design Print at Art Platz Berlin
    Berlin, Germany
    April 2014 - September 2014