Howdy folks, thanks for stopping by,
As you may have figured out by now my name is Dave McEwan, I offer a full creative service, Sign writing and Signage, Art, Illustration and Graphic Design 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 signage, graphic design, art, illustration in a variety of different styles and mediums to suit your project.
I am an Advanced Trade Qualified signwriter from back in the time of paint and brushes which allows me to offer a specialized service of traditional hand lettered signs to the Bay of Plenty area including Tauranga city, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatane and more.
Traditional hand painted signwriting is a craft that comes back into its own where computer graphics and stickers are not appropriate. In the case of a rendered or rough cast brick wall hand lettering is still often the best and most cost effective way to produce the sign.
Another example may be when creating a retro feel in a boutique style business or vintage restoration, be it a vehicle or building, computer graphics and stickers would compromise the traditional quality and feel that was trying to come to light.
Dmac Studio can also produce computer cut lettering and graphics for when the project requires it and in many cases a combination of old tech (paint and brushes) and new tech (vinyl graphics) is the right mix to creating the best result for the 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, I can then help you to carry your new brand across you business into the signage that will represent your image in the public arena. Signs for your vehicle(s), your premises, retail shop, factory, workshop, point of sale. You tell me how far you want to go.
Who do I do it for?
I do commission art and signs for the private individual customer, I do outsource work for bigger design and marketing agencies, I create signage, art work and design for standalone business, large and small. I produce 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 realize 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 Illustrate and Create…..