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Early morning digital painting session this Sunday. Cleaning up details. Almost done. I think….



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My new site is finally up and running! It’s cleaner, sleeker and trimmed of un-needed fat, but I’ve finally added a few elements like a direct link to my blog, share and follow buttons. Anyway, I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Just check out my site at, www.davidcooperart.com. Thanks for the support everyone!



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Time has been seriously flying by WAY to fast. We’re half way through the summer and although I’m working on a few projects in my studio, I do believe this is the first finished piece I’ve shown in a few months. Yup, I know, that’s just plain old crazy. Anyway, since I have a email blast scheduled to be released in the next few weeks, I decided to get a new piece done for it.  I’m also planning on unveiling a refreshed website. More to come on that topic soon. In the mean time, take a gander at my process for my newest piece, “Heel Flip”.

Before I put pencil to paper, I decided that I wanted to do a piece with some commercial appeal, since the plan from the beginning was to include this said piece in my next email blast, which will be directed towards potential editorial and ad clients. Oh, I just realized that some of you “might” not know what a email blast is. A email blast is promotion email that goes out to a few thousand potential clients at once, in the hopes of bringing this poor old not so starving artist some work. Now, back to the rambling at hand. Below is my very first initial thumbnail sketch of my concept. (Look, I even included the pencil I used. NOTE: I tried to crop most of it out so you couldn’t see that it was pink. Oh well, as you can see it’s a pink pencil.)

The thumb nail sketch above eventually turned into this rough sketch.

I then enlarged the sketch slightly and traced it onto a piece of arches water color paper and inked it in.

At this point I had no idea what direction I wanted to take the color, so I started playing around with two of the main elements, the skate board and the back ground. I decided to give the back ground color a slight gradient and the skate board a dot texture.

At this point I added the dot texture to the light areas of the sneakers to create some consistency and harmony in the textures used throughout the piece.

I started figuring out the rhythm of the piece at this stage. I liked the color of the skate board so I decided to keep the rest of the colors in the same family establishing a monochromatic color way.  I also added some more texture to the piece over all to try and mimic a silk screen pull.

In keeping with the monochromatic idea I started working the characters in slightly varying hues to pop them from the back ground.

Not sure if you noticed that when I did the original sketch I kept a slight gap between the characters and the clouds where they over lapped. At this point I decided to fill those areas in.

Here I’m tweaking small details in areas like the bottom of the sneakers, shoe laces, the star on the skate board and the skate board wheels to create more contrast.

Here’s the final. I added a new layer of texture at the very end to give the blacks a little more BOOM, BAM, PUNCH! Hope you enjoyed this little diddy. See you next time.



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I’m about to write something that’s hard to put into words exactly. I often forget that my day to day job, luckily enough, involves making images. How lucky am I? Everyday I get to work with a dedicated and talented team to produce photographs of aspiration and beauty. From this day forward, I’ll try not to forget that and post these images from time to time here on my blog.

With that said, here’s a fashion feature that I produced for Siempre Mujer Magazine, which appeared in our June/July 2012 issue. Ok, what do I mean by the word “produced” exactly? Well it basically means I organized a kick ass team to produce some killer work. For instance, on this fashion feature I presented the following suggestions to the Editor In Chief, the Creative Director and the Executive Director: Photoshoot location, photographer, hair/make up artist and model. I sometimes also suggest the wardrobe stylist, but for this specific story the Executive Editor new who she wanted to use for the project. Once all of my suggestions are discussed and approved, it’s up to me to get everything in order for our shoot day.  This particular story was shot on location in St. Lucia, so it actually involved a lot of moving parts such as finding a day that everyone could work together, fee’s for the job, setting up fee’s for travel days, contract negotiations, scheduling flights, hotels and transportation for the crew, getting wardrobe and photo equipment through customs and into the country, setting up details with the shoot location, setting up ground transportation on shoot day, and finally setting up lunch and breakfast for the crew. When its all said and done and the shoot is over, I make my initial “selects” to use in the story. (This is where the phrase “photo editor” actually comes into play.) Then, I show my picks to the Creative Director and the Executive Editor to discuss which images we’re going to actually use in the magazine, a decision that we all must agree on. This usually involves a lot of back and fourth between me, the creative director and the executive editor. We have to consider a lot of details such as the over all rhythm of the story, the appearance of the cloths we’re trying to feature, the facial expressions of the model etc. Usually, once the creative director places the images into the layout it’s clear to see what actually works and what doesn’t.

This story in particular was a bit of an adventure, which was scary and accelerating at the same time. To make a long story short, we had a plan set, but once we got to the island we completely veered from it by renting a cab for the day to explore and shoot where ever made the most sense for the story. I thought to myself, “We “ONLY” have about $20 grand riding on this story, let’s just through caution into the wind, and make it up as we go along!” (NOTE: I really wasn’t all that calm about it.) Anyway, I’m glad we made it up as we went along because it actually produced a pretty cool story. Check it out:

For a cool look behind the scenes check out this video by Siempre Mujer’s web editor, Haymme Marin.



Photographer: Didier Gault

Wardrobe Stylist: Ellen Silverstein

Hair and Make up: Bryan Lynde

Creative Director: Stacy Marchelos

Executive Editor: Ursula Carranza

Photo Editor: David Cooper

Digital Tech: Christopher Keller

Photo Assistant: Michael Ellis

Wardrobe Assistant: Lisa Metropolis

Model: I bet you’d like to know, but I can’t say.

Web Editor: (Behind The Scenes Video): Haymme Marin

Carnet Broker: Western Overseas

Location: The Island of St. Lucia and The Morgan Bay Beach Resort

Thanks for reading!


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I was looking through some old work tonight. I came across this sketch that I apparently abandoned for some reason or another. Maybe I’ll try to tackle it again.




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I’m a GIANT HUMONGOUS fan of HISTORY CHANNEL shows like, American Pickers, Pawn Stars and American Restoration. So, I decided to do a tribute piece to the fellas (and gal). Here’s a very rough sketch of the concept I’m hoping to execute. More to come.

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Last week I was “bidding” for a possible TV advertising job. For those of you who don’t know, “bidding” means I was competing with other illustrators for the job. In this case, I was bidding against two other artists. I didn’t get the gig, but I wanted to share the sketches.

Without getting into to much specifics on the project, the idea was to mix “comic book” style illustrations with live action footage of a girl to advertise  BRAND X PRODUCT. Since I was bidding for the job the Art Director asked me to do a sample picture that she could use to pitch my work to the rest of the team.

Both sketches were done in a few short hours. I sent color sketch 2 for consideration.



Thanks for looking!


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