David J. McMillan Highlighting the Appeal of Rough Edges and Lively Marks

David J. McMillan’s illustrations are penned with what seem to be a unrelenting pencil on the page, distilling his illustrations with an continuing source of energy and expression.

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David plays with the quality of line and lively shading techniques. The marks he uses highlight the appeal of rough and edges and scribbled movement, giving his work the feeling of freshly-on-the-page spontaneity.

His tells us a bit about himself, his work, and some of the clients he has worked for.

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I am a freelance illustrator and occasional art director originally from a small town in Northern Ireland, now based out of the beautiful German capital of Berlin.
 
I graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2013, and have been lucky enough to work for a range of editorial clients such as The Guardian, WIRED and Therapy Today.
My love of mark-making, bold shapes, observational drawing and traditional printmaking techniques come together to shape how I make and see my work.

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© David J. McMillan, 2016

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