My career has always consisted of three different levels - the daily activities of graphic design and illustration assignments. The second level is where I experiment drawing things quite apart from any proscribed projects. Sometimes a third level happens when the other two intermingle to produce unexpected and exciting new results." " I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to create art from my heart and mind. To perhaps inspire others with my work is an added bonus.
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David Shaw offers a full service of electronic graphic design and highly original hand rendered illustrations in watercolors, dyes, pen and ink, colored pencils, scratch-board and collage. (Have been colouring a lot of them in electronically since last year)
In addition to commissioned assignments, David is currently putting the finishing touches on several original projects including a children's alphabet book, Pterry and Ptilly's Swashbucklin' ABC.
David Shaw was born in London, England. He attended the Ontario College of Art and graduated in Advertising in 1969. During the 1970s he worked at Canadian book publishers McClelland and Stewart (where he was Art Director in 1974/5) and also with Penthouse Studios. He founded David Shaw & Associates Ltd. in 1977 and went on to design, illustrate and produce hundreds of different book projects including "The Canadian Encyclopedia" in 1985. David also designed and produced most books published by Edmonton's Hurtig Publishers between 1977 and 1990.
During the 1990s, David concentrated on book and magazine illustration and developed his endlessly evolving style of illustration. In 1999 he returned to the field of graphic design and became proficient in such programs as QuarkXPress and Photoshop.
David's client list includes McClelland and Stewart, Hurtig Publishers, Red Deer College Press, Gage Publishing and Macmillan's. His illustrations have appeared in such publications as Maclean's, National Geographic World and Canadian Living.