One of the things I've come to realise over the past couple of years, is how much I love photographing behind the scenes. Watching the process of creation unfold in front of me. I find it bloody fascinating. I love the in-betweens, telling the story and documenting the journey between A and Z. I started talking about it with friends of mine in creative endeavours, finding out their processes, their in-betweens and finding myself being drawn in - partly through nosiness, partly through reassurance.
I decided to start a series showcasing these creatives, makers, artists. Sharing a little bit more about them and their processes.
David Mahoney is a British Illustrator who has worked with some incredible powerhouses such as Nike, GQ, Kiehl's, OPI, Universal Music and 20th Century Fox to name a few. He specialises in merging traditional mediums and digital applications in creating bespoke pieces for his clients.
Where are you from originally? England, well Peterborough
How did you get into illustration? I started learning photoshop and illustrating in black and white in my final year of school. At the time I was taking Maths, Art, Geography and Product Design. Failing my maths exam my maths tutor told me that it would be flogging a dead horse to continue doing maths, and that it was clear I didn’t enjoy it. Her advice, do something your good at David and play to your strengths. Headless Horse was born.
Can you explain your process when working on pieces? I start out by taking reference images, creating a photographic composite, posing the person I will be drawing, and from this reference go ahead and draw them. I use a mixture of traditional and digital tools in my process, such as squid ink, watercolour and charcoal, all of which is scanned into the computer and composited together. It’s become an art now in how I use these tools all together. A new area I’m learning is animation so expect more of this soon.
What is important to you when you are creating? Quiet, clean office and plenty of food and my Spotify discovery playlist!
Describe yourself in five words... Snapping necks & cashing cheques (this fits)
What do you need most in life? Family and enough challenges to keep me learning.
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