In Dungeon Quest the subject of magic is at once handled very blatantly and obscurely. The humor, the cartooniness and the subversive nature of the whole thing obscures the fact that it’s a fantasy adventure, which obscures the fact that it’s mythical and magical, which obscures the fact that it’s map of psychological processes.' - Joe Daly
An Interview with Niki Daly: - "Over the years I’ve experimented with different techniques. I taught illustration and that helped me to see that illustration techniques are an exact way of appreciating the personality behind the tools and materials. I think what is essential in my work is connected to what I call the pulse or rhythm. My wife can spend a week on one illustration. For me it’s two days. If I extend that time, you can be sure I’m going to screw it up."
Niki: Earlier work such as Zanzibar Road and Pretty Salma combined pencil on paper (for the line and shading) and were then scanned and coloured on the computer. Both of those books are done in a cartoon style and I was after an effect close to lithograph prints. That is, using flat colours over a pencil drawing. With A Song for Jamela, my hand did not touch paper.