Howdy folks, thanks for stopping by,
As you may have figured out by now my name is Dave McEwan, I am a freelance artist, illustrator and designer based in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, specifically Tauranga, and to be more specific Papamoa Beach.
What do I do?
Well, I draw stuff and I paint stuff and I design stuff. But in all seriousness I produce art, illustration and graphic design in a variety of different styles and mediums to suit your project.
I can produce you a one-off illustration or design or a multi-image project, I can design your company brand as a stand alone logo or I can produce a complete brand guide with a detailed plan of how your brand is to be used, you tell me how far you want to go.
I have a creative artistic versatility that has given me the scope needed to create in any style required and can adapt to the style required by my clients brief, while some in the industry believe this can be a handicap as art directors want to know exactly what style each freelance illustrators work style will look like. I say “bahh!!!” to that, you need to look no further, just tell me what you want and in what style or look you like, and leave the rest to me. Personally I love the challenge of adapting my style and in turn that helps me grow as an artist.
Do I do web design and SEO?
I do have some experience in web design and seo dating back to 2000, when I built my first site and managed it into good rankings. I have built a few more since then including this one. My sites have been on the simpler side of web design, basic small business stuff. But I am keen to push this area of my skills a bit more.
Who do I do it for?
I do commission art for the private individual customer, I do outsource work for bigger design and marketing agencies, I do art work and design for standalone business, large and small. I do art, drawings, paintings, digital artwork for myself just because.
What’s my background?
I have been working as a creative in one form or another pretty much since I left high school, I started out as an apprentice sign writer, back in the day when signs still had some paint on them. I completed my apprenticeship with Trade and Advanced Trade certificate. After a time working in the sign trade I moved onto the “In house artist”position at a T-Shirt printing company. Working in both of these industries created the foundation for my transition from the kid in the back of the class drawing strange pictures in the back of my school books (much to the disgust of my teachers), to the young man entering the professional world of a working creative. Being a young rock’n’roll and heavy metal fan also exposed me to the wonderful world of Tattoo art. Tattooing and tattoo art soon became the main focus for my creativity and then my primary profession for the next twenty years.
Working in the busy fast paced industry that tattooing is, has built the sky scraper on the foundations mentioned earlier. On every floor of this skyscraper is another skill or experience that has proven to be invaluable to me time and time again. For example: being able to translate a client’s idea into a complete image quickly and accurately. Resulting in a cool piece of art and a happy client.
This brings me to the here and now. Over the years many of my Tattoo clients would come to me asking if I could produce a drawing or design for them personally or for their own businesses. These side projects were everything from a hand produced finished drawing to company branding projects and everything in between. When I questioned my clients why they asked me to take on the project rather than the local design agency, the reply was always similar in the respect that they felt that I could hit the mark of what they were after quickly and efficiently.
So back to the here and now, while I still love the art of tattooing and I am still a part of the industry although in a part time capacity. I came to realise that it is the process of creating and piece of art or image that I truly enjoy. This could be a painting in oil, a digitally designed poster for a rock band, it could just be a cartoon illustration of a frog going to war drawn with coloured pencil. Bringing an idea to life is what is really about (and getting paid to do it too, can’t forget that). Dmac Studio is the next part of my evolution working as a creative.
Tell me about your idea and let’s see what we can do.
I just love to Illustrate Create
Services at a glance
- Paintings Oil and Acrylic
- Pencil Drawing
- Colour Pencil
- Fantasy Art
- and more…
- Concept Illustration
- Children’s Books
- and more…
- Logo Design
- Brand Development
- Brand management
- Brochure, Poster Design
- Business Card Design
- Web Design
- Sign-writing, Computer Graphics and Traditional Hand Lettering
- and more…