Dane's art career spans thirty years, having graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 1983, where he studied under Lionel Kalish, Mort Gerberg, and Arnie Levin; and continued his education under Matt Madden and David Sandlin. After a short stint as a studio assistant for East Village artist Marco, Dane returned to his hometown of Detroit. At the age of 24 he landed his first advertising job as a junior copywriter at Young and Rubicam, and was named art director at Doner Advertising in 1987. Dane soon returned to New York in the early nineties and took a job with bad boys Richard Kirshenbaum and Jon Bond. His vast illustration work for Snapple opened the door to an established career as a working illustrator known for his humor and charmingly stylized illustrations for Nickelodeon, Blimpie, Starbucks, Kate Spade, Jack Spade, Loews Hotels, Phillip Morris Youth Anti-Smoking, Harper Collins, CosmoGirl, Brides Magazine, More Magazine, The Village Voice, and The New York Times among others. Publication credits include The Big Book of Illustration Ideas, The Alternative Pick, and self-published titles by Printed Matter, in addition to the mini-comic adaptation of John S. Hall's “Detachable Penis”. Animation credits include The Making of Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant/Felix Andrew and MK2 Editions France.