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, 25 May 2012


A few thumbnails from the last couple of weeks...

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." 
Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)

Friday, 18 May 2012

W.I.P - Bhadane of Khulte - Drawing

Latest project on the go...  
I've been thinking/focusing on my drawing quite a bit of late.  I believe a good solid drawing is the backbone/foundation behind a good painting. 

I've always regretted losing the drawing when, as a means to an end, it is finaly painted over (all my prep work is usually done leading up to a final drawing directly onto the actual surface to be painted on - I do this to keep some spontineity in the drawing that I find I often lose when I trace from a pre-prepared separate sketch). 

So!  I've recently been trying to figure out a way to let my drawing contribute more directly to the final work.  I have a couple of ideas as to how this might be achieved (drawing under and over the various paint layers etc) and will experimenting with them in the near future. 

I also feel I need to be more direct and economical with my actual pencil work too, the way I draw at the moment is very time consuming 'detail orientated' and is sometimes, if I am being honest with myself, at times - darn right tedious!

I've found over time the most exciting things have more often than not been done quite rapidly. Though it does matter a great deal how a thing is drawn (and any care taken is evident in the work to the viewer), I think what matters equally and more so is what is ultimately conveyed. I often feel like I miss the mark in this respect sometimes as the 'labour' side creeps up on me and bizzarely pushes out of my mind the most important factor - What I am actually trying to communicate!  I guess that sounds hard to believe but it is (at least in my case) quite often true. 

I'd really like to achieve a drawing method that is succinct and difinitive - Loose, but having clarity where clarity is important.  A drawing method that primarily - is not draining, and is up to the speed that I am generating ideas to put down on paper, and isn't so precious and laborious and slow that I wouldn't give too hoots about rubbing the whole page out at any point and starting again.  A method that is above all else a bit more enjoyable! 

The above example is where I'm at right now, tedium and all, I don't think it is a terrible drawing, but I think I could have summed up the jist of what is depicted here in a fraction of the time it took me with a more economical technique.  

So anyhow those are my 2 main 'lofty' personal goals for now - To develop a more fun and economical drawing method, and to incorporate that drawing process subtly into my painting process.

"Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems."
Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908 – 1979)