Illustration

My professional career started with studies at the Art Institute of Seattle, with a split focus between graphic design and illustration. When I finished my degree, there were a lot more jobs in graphic design than illustration, so picking a career path wasn't difficult. But I haven't forgotten about my love for illustration. The introduction of the iPad Pro in recent years has made digital illustration a lot more accessible for hobbyists like myself, and I have taken full advantage of this.

Everything you see here is personal work. None of it was sold or used to make a profit. The only work that might be considered "commercial" is the artwork I created for various shows on KRGB, a radio station I co-own. The artwork for these shows is completely my own, the reference for each in the public domain. And, ha, we don't make any money.

Faces

As long as I have been drawing, I have been drawing faces. There is something magical about using two-dimensional shapes to create something that feels alive. It might be the opposite of the notorious uncanny valley—it is not alive, but it feels alive. Seeing emotions and personality evolve from the initial sketches never gets old.

Many of the images here were created from reference material that is in the public domain. Exceptions: The 7th image displayed is based on a scene from the 1st season of Netflix's Mindhunter. The 12th image displayed is based on a character from AMC's Turn. The 14th image displayed is based on an image from 123RF. The 13th image is based on a character from Netflix's The Crown. 21-25 are based on images from photographer Mark Laubenheimer (used with permission).

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Posters/concepts

This is where the two worlds of art and design collide. For me, combining layout, typography, and illustration to create something unique is rewarding and beautiful.

A lot of the images below were created using reference from Unsplash.com. John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Lason Lytle, Timothy Showalter, and Killer Mike were all created based on reference from prominent professional photographers—the original images can be found fairly easily online. The FML image is based on a scene from Netflix's The Crown. "There is a fog", "Lithium angel" and "Curb appeal" are all based on images courtesy Mark Laubenheimer.

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Instagram & Ello

If you’re an Instagram user, follow @dave_rnche for all my latest illustration work, including the stuff I don’t post here. If you hate that stuff, try notbadart.com instead. It forwards to my Ello profile. Ello is a lesser-known social media channel focused on art and design.