For Danny Colombo, hitting the snooze button over and over can actually be productive. One of his favorite modes of art-making is to collect the strange words and phrases he sees and hears during the hypnagogic state—that drowsy, often hallucinatory state between wakefulness and sleep—then incorporate them into playful, surreal creations. His mixed media drawings, paintings and photographs have been included in group exhibitions in galleries and museums in San Francisco, France, Germany, Brazil, Japan and India.

Colombo sometimes gleans band names, song titles and album names from this transitional state and is currently working with several illustrators and designers on a collaborative project called Naprock

When he’s not dreaming, drawing or drumming, Colombo runs his own face and body painting business in the San Francisco Bay Area.