David Pavon is a Spanish artist who is specialized in character design, concept art and illustration. With a background in animation and creation of storyboards, it’s not surprising how dynamic his illustrations manage to be. With his eye for composition, color and the illusion of depth, the images that he paints achieve a high level of emotion and movement.
Having worked for several animation studios as a concept artist and storyboarder, David has built a portfolio thanks to his experience and hard work, which demonstrates his skills and abilities for character design and also to adapt already existing characters to his particular style.
David studied Fine Arts at the university, and after that he continued his studies to specialize in animation in an advanced design school. He also directed his first animated short film, called Origami, which was featured in over 60 international film festivals. The short film, which he almost entirely produced on his own, was nominated to Best Animated Short film in the Kingston Arts London Student Festival.
The style in his illustrations has evolved during the years, but it definitely still keeps his own characteristic style, reminiscent of retro cartoons like the ones by Hanna Barbera studios in the 50s and the 60s, and it is also influenced by children book’s illustrations from this era, too – something that is still really apparent in his most recent children illustration works.
Some of the biggest influences in his work and personal style, and also inspiration, are artists like Mary Blair, Chuck Jones, Glenn Keane, Alex Toth and Marc Davis, in addition to Hanna Barbera studios. Today, he can count on his experience working for many different publishing companies, including Disney Barcelona. You can find some beautiful pieces inspired by Disney on his portfolio, such as his illustrations featuring the characters from Disney’s film, Moana.
He uses mainly digital tools to create his art, but he is drawn to using organic textures that help him achieve that “old school” style, especially in his personal projects. He doesn’t stick to a single palette in his work: he uses many different color setups to achieve different moods and ambiences, and he’s really skilled at that. That, in addition to the fact that he comes from the field of animation, comes to show how important it is to know your use of color when you are trying to communicate movement and emotions with your illustrations and designs!
His work is his passion, and he hopes to continue working in the world of illustration for the rest of his life. Hopefully new paths will continue to appear in his way so that he can keep creating these amazing illustration works! Follow his media to learn more.