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Previous portrait example by David Despau
Intricate line details with bursts of dynamic ink.
David Despau’s impressive drawing skills and eye for detail are apparent in the diligently drawn faces of the people in his portraits. From the contours of their faces to the emotion captured in their eyes, David has a knack for expressive portraiture.
The combination of image and typography, and a sense of visual rhythm are important themes that drive David’s work. His realistic illustrations blend detailed hatching techniques with energetic splashes of vibrant ink.
David originally studied architecture but soon found himself drawn to art, eventually graduating with a degree in design. Since then, he has worked on projects for DC Comics and Warner Bros., as well as Time magazine, Burton, and ESPN magazine.
David Despau’s work carefully orchestrates a balance of contrasting mediums within each piece. He creates dynamism by using precise hatching in pencil beside the expressive washes and splashes of watercolours and ink.
He begins by sketching out his portrait in pencil, inserting the fine detail he is well known for. The watercolours are put onto paper next, allowing for some intuitive and unrestrained marks.
The final stages are carried out on computer, where all the different elements are attentively brought together.