David Despau

David Despau is a Spanish illustrator located in Madrid. He began his university studies in Architecture but eventually graduated in Fine Arts specializing in Design. Since then he has worked in the world of design and advertising in which in addition to working as a freelance illustrator he has worked as both Art Director and Creative Director at several digital advertising agencies.

His illustrations reflect the pop-style life of our days in a cartoonish way impressing our senses with an incredible tecnnical skill. Many of his works feature famous faces drawn in black & white and splashed with color. David generates captivating and expressive images shaped out of shadows and opposing lines that lay one on top of another. The result is always a realistic-looking powerful portrait. He usually starts out his drawings with a pen and then he retouches them on the computer.

In words of Steven Heller, a director art, journalist and critic art, “David Despau creates exquisite portraits, elegant whilst maintaining a modesty in which the illusionist like precision and close to ‘photographic’ quality highlights the personality of those portrayed. The contemporary quality of his work is based in the infinite details counterbalanced with vacant space, so that what is carefully excluded says as much as that which is so precisely included”.

 He was recently recognized by the prestigious Taschen  publication ‘100 Illustrators’ as one of the most influential international illustrators of the last decade and his work has also been published in books such as ‘Ilustration Now’ (Taschen) for which he illustrated the cover of the third edition of the series, ‘The New Age of Feminine Drawing’ (Allrightreserved), ‘Illusive 3’ (Gestalten), ‘200 Best illustrators’ (Luezers) and  ‘Portraits’ (Taschen), to name just a few.



David Despau has worked for prestigious magazines such as Time, New Yorker, ESPN magazine, Car and Driver, Harpers Bazar, Sports Illustrated, L’equipe, GQ, Procycling y para clientes como Porsche, Estrella Damm, Kinder, Vodafone, Paramount, Burton, DC comics, Warner Bros, Coty France…, to name a few.

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