Custom Cartoon Art


 Dave May

I was Born in the Northwest of England but have lived in the US since the age of 12.  I currently live and work in Bellingham, Washington.

My website is just a part-time endeavor for me and I still work a regular day job, 40hrs a week, so I'm not able to create artwork that's required "yesterday," requires a quote for a bid tomorrow or has a deadline that's within a week.  Please bear this in mind if you are visiting my site from the "need-it-yesterday," cut-throat world of the professional graphics biz.  Just not my cup-o-soup I'm afraid - been there, don't want to do that.  But thanks for checking me out anyway.  Generally I can deliver cartoons in a couple of weeks but more complex projects will require more time. 

Art Education:  Interdisciplinary B.A. in the Technical, Graphic & Fine Arts, Western Washington University (included technical illustration, cartography, computer graphics, architectural illustration, biological illustration, product design and landscape design, as well as a range of art history, drawing and painting studies).  Diploma in Graphic Arts, Western Iowa Tech (graphic arts, printing technology and photography).

Influences:  My Dad (cartoonist extraordinaire in his own right and Master Model Maker); Albert Uderzo (the Asterix books) for his fantastic cartoon renderings of people, nature and architecture;  Tove Jansson (the Moomintroll books) for her simple, whimsical pen and ink illustrations of creatures and landscapes; great caricaturists like Gerald Scarfe and Al Hirschfeld; the creations and humor of animators like Depatie-Freling and Aardman;  Frank Frazetta for his amazingly powerful and visceral portraits (and less well-known humorous artwork); Roger Dean for his amazing airbrush "planetscapes";  Gerry Anderson (the "SuperMarionation" TV shows Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, etc.) for his futuristic technological visualizations and DaVinci, Escher, Monet, Sargent and a whole host of other fine artists for their influence on how I see nature, architecture, technology and people. 

Art Experience & projects:  I have created a range of website art including illustrations for online instructional courses (used by customers such as Nike, T-Mobile and Safeco Insurance) and logos and caricatures for numerous websites.  I have also created cartoons for instructional and motivational presentations and books and contribute cartoons regularly to public education pamphlets.  Other work has included cartoons for restaurant signs, T-shirts, club logos, etched gun grips & tattoos.