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David Gallagher

david.gallagher.art

Illustrator of history, fantasy and nature. [email protected] -email dont message.

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Sketches Quick ink drawings of various characters, these little thumbnail pics were a quicker way of representing each figure as there was limited time to do anything more involved. They mostly use just two colours Ink on board #ink #fantasy #characterart #conceptart #drawing #sketch #art #artistsoninstagram #gothic #darkfantasy #illustration
Dragon A two headed dragon done for a bestiary section, sometimes having such a tight deadline on these pics means the first solution is the one that gets used regardless, this makes you quite focused from the start and any design decisions are made at the very beginning of the drawing. Ink on board #ink #dragon #fantasy #darkfantasy #gothic #characterart #characterdesign #bestiary #conceptart #illustration
Final frontier  Two little space pics for the side of a box. Gouache on board #art #illustration #boxart #spaceships #gouache #graphic_art  #scifi #spaceart #aliens
Vampyre  One of a pair of characters, they weren’t used for their original purpose, don’t know if they were ever used elsewhere. Ink on board #ink #darkfantasy #vampire #gothic #magic #undead #dracula #fantasy #horror #illustration #art #artistsoninstagram #concept #characterart #conceptart
Squirrels  Winter wildlife, I did a few of these over time, I also have a ‘summer version’ similar to this where the uk sub-species tail and ear tufts turns very pale in summer whereas the continental variant does not change throughout the year. Gouache on board #illustration #gouache #wildlife #naturalhistory #nature #squirrels #winter #redsquirrel #art #artistsoninstagram #wildlifeart
Green One of the characters originally done for a small box cover, as bright and jolly as they were at this stage, the humour still ran through lots of these guys at the time, around 1994/5 I think. Gouache on board #illustration #characterart #conceptart #boxart #fantasy #art #artistsoninstagram #gouache #fantasyart #productart
She who must wait A wip of a character from a medieval tale, left behind and unable to leave her predicament. Procreate digital #procreate #legend #faerie #drawing #art #artist #illustration #graphics #characterart #concept #medieval #medievalart #illuminatedmanuscript
Movement  When I drew this out I was envisaging a complete movement sequence of which this is a dramatic instance. Some of the drawing has been deliberately left loose and unfinished, this is not an attempt to capture blur or movement as much as a method to draw the eye away from less focal areas and keep it in the centre. It also uses part of my standard reduced palette that has been present in my ‘colour’ ink work, even more reduced here where there are only two colours of indigo and sepia. Ink on board  #ink #art #gothic #dance #illustration #conceptart #characterart #characterdesign #design #scifi #darkscifi
Mystery Now and then I did figures like this with no specific purpose other than they were fun to do. I like the simplicity of these quick drawings, a more formal graphic impression with a simple shape made it more of a considered design than the standard  open illustration. Ink on board #art #graphicdesign #ink #gothic #darkscifi #conceptart #characterdesign #characterart #drawing #penandink #scifi #steampunk
Inks and graphics  I did four of these characters as a trial for consciously changing my main way of working to a looser style using inks rather than gouache, they were entirely unbriefed and speculative and I just made them up as I went along.  Laying them out in rough graphic boxes was fun to do and became something I did whenever possible. Ink on board  #illustration #concept #ink #gothic #darkscifi #characterart #conceptart #graphics #drawing #art #artistsoninstagram #mood  #characterillustration #darkfantasy #fantasy #fantasyart
Drawing  One of a series of character illustrations, this is the drawing before any inking is done. The pose and movement were more important than the details on the figure, I wanted an active flowing feel more like a dancer rather than the more standard static poses.  Pencil on board #drawing #sketch #characterart #concept #conceptart #characterdesign #illustration #preparatorydrawing #art #scifiart #scifi #artistsoninstagram
Drawings  This was a straight to board drawing that was the inked over to make the final piece, it’s just an underdrawing and concept idea that was a progress stage, it was adapted and changed as it was worked on afterwards but I didn’t spend a lot of time on it and I’m not sure the final version was ever used for anything. Pencil on board  #drawing #roughdrawing #concept #characterart #darkfantasy #gothic #fantasy #vampire #characterdesign  #sketch #artistsoninstagram #illustration
Winter It was an odd bit of schedule timing that meant most of these winter subjects were actually painted in high summer. I’ve actually seen these fierce little things in the wild while walking in the Cairngorms many years ago. Gouache on board  #art #artistsoninstagram #wildlife #naturalhistoryillustration #gouache #illustration #painting #winter #pinemarten
The backstory  This was a completely open brief, I decided I wanted it to have to feel of a Renaissance portrait that demonstrated the subjects life and interests in the objects displayed with him. Historically these objects had specific meanings and I wanted to suggest a convoluted backstory that wasn’t especially obvious. I also was keen to suggest a many layered costume that was based on real clothing made with different materials. I did heavily varnish this picture too, this did present a challenge to reproduce properly but I liked the result on the real painting. Who is he and what is his story? (The title used for this was applied later, I never gave him a name deliberately) Gouache and ink on board #art #painting #portrait #characterart #conceptart #alien #inquisition #allegory #gouache #ink #gothic #darkscifi #artistsoninstagram #narrativeart
Page layouts I tried to do something interesting with page formats and layouts whenever I could, I think it adds a lot of impact and excitement to standard page formats. This one was designed so the breakout figure could be clipped if it had to be but it was printed the way I wanted it on a double page spread with a text page on the left with the figure encroaching on the text space None of this can be planned by anyone other than the artist in my opinion, nor can it be designed on a computer or any other layout system. It is a purely aesthetic judgement, driven by art. Ink on board #art #illustration #ink #gothic #scifi #darkscifi #characterart #graphics #layout #bookdesign #bookillustration #b&w #alien #painting #artistsoninstagram #artofinstagram
Humour Over the years I added little details or elements that were either personal or amused me. This drawing never quite made it past this stage, the three figures holding it all up are the three blind mice( no tails either) from the nursery rhyme , the one on top was going to be the farmers wife but this was as far as that idea went so that bit isn’t too obvious. It still amuses me though and that’s the reason for it in the first place, I find little things like this make the process of generating ideas and images so much more fun to do and make the process a bit more personal and involving. Pencil on paper  #art #drawing #fantasy #darkfantasy #threeblindmice #nurseryrhymes #pencildrawing #drawing #concept #characterdesign #conceptart #rats #gothic
A long time ago in an industry far far away... A couple of old proof sheets from the early 80’s, obviously influenced by the trends of the time. The layout and composition still had to accommodate blocks of text and I think I’d be more considered with colours these days, I think I’d also avoid airbrushes too as I’ve come to prefer the look of washes rather than the spray effect that has been eclipsed somewhat by modern digital techniques.  Watercolours with gouache on board #art #scifi #watercolour #gouache #alien #space #illustration #layoutdesign #bookillustration #airbrush
Man or monster, sorcerer mage. A little character figure , a loose and quick ink wash image and the drawings that defined his look a few years earlier. The whole point was to make him deliberately obscure with no great visual clues as to what he is under the robes. Ink on board and pencil on tracing paper #artfantasy #darkfantasy #illustration #characterart #characterdesign #conceptart #ink #magic #gothic #faerie #mystery #artistsoninstagram #art #bookillustration #sketch #drawing