The blog of David Michael Wright - Freelance Illustrator

Hello, and welcome to my humble blog!

If you too like the drag of Graphite on Paper, can appreciate the flick of a well executed Brushstroke, and like I favour subjects of the Dark and the Monstrous, the Weird and the Wonderful, the Abominable, Diabolical, Fantastic, Dramatic, Adventurous, Ghastly, Nightmarish and Phantasmagorical!

…Or like myself, seek to devour all sources of the Technical, Practical, Methodical and Inspirational!

Then perhaps this blog is for you.

It is (I hope) to become a progressive ongoing account of my endeavours as a Freelance Illustrator specialising in mainly the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror art genres. As is always the case (except perhaps on Sundays) I will do my very best and veritably strain heart and nerve and sinew to write a faithful accounting of all my latest Discoveries, Resources, Technical Explorations and Inspirations, in addition of course to featuring regular posts of my current Creative Exploits and Works in Progress.


Friday, 10 August 2012


One of the thumbnails from yesterday, enlarged, transfered to illustration board, and fully developed in pencil tonally.

 As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently trying to figure out a way that works (and feels comfortable for me) whereby I can incorporate more of my drawing process directly into the finished painting. This here is going to be a bit of an experiment to that end. In this piece im going to try painting directly over a full value tonal drawing in transparent paint, I can't think why this shouldn't work, as I currently normally do a full tonal underpainting in paint under the colour anyhow - so this 'should' if it works blend 2 of my working stages into 1 (hopefully!) and make things a lot less tedious and a lot more fun by allowing me to do a little more in the drawing stage and not have to repeat it all over again! I guess I'll find out soon one way or the other anyhow, just about to crack out the paints now - So I'll let you all know how it goes :).

 "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger. . . ."

- William Shakespeare - Henry The Fifth Act 3, scene 1, 1–6