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David Semple Today’s Illustration from a retro age

November 27, 2017
David Semple was born in the North East of England in the early 70’s.
After studying Illustration he enjoyed a stint working in the TV & Film industry in London painting latex puppets & prosthetics.

Inspired by Mid Century Artists & cartoonists like Mary Blair & Ronald Searle, a pencil is never far from his grasp.
Now firmly established, he designs characters for a worldwide range of clients and Illustrates for books, magazines, Advertising, greeting cards, packaging & TV.
He lives in York with his designer wife Kate , their three children and Olive the dog.
Clients include: The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, ES magazine, FHM magazine, Mens Health, Saga Magazine , Which Magazine, What Car, Dreamworks, Scholastic, Penguin, Usbourne, Ladybird, Pearsons, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Emirates, Manchester United, Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda, Cafcass, Unicef, Sky, Orange, BBC, Arts Council, Mcann Erickson, Travelodge, Target, Camelbak, Lowes, Pets at Home.
Just a quick date for your diary, the weekend of the 9th and 10th December, I will be exhibiting at a

as part of the Sale Arts Trail, Manchester. It’s at the Claremont Centre, M337DZ and open from 10 til 4 both days. More info on that soon. Hope to see you there.








8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2017 1:57 pm

    These are all great. I love mid-century art so this use of shape and limited palette really appeals to me.

  2. Deirdre O'Sullivan from Australia permalink
    November 27, 2017 7:37 pm

    These are fab! Kind of reminds me of the groovy illustrations for the first Disney cartoon of ‘The 101 Dalmatians’ from 1961, many done by the abstract painter Walt Peregoy. All those bold slabs of colour as a background. The way Semple keeps the colour palette simple – brill!
    Thanks for sharing this with us – you’re always shining a light on talent, so we can share your delight in it!

    • November 28, 2017 9:42 am

      Thanks again Deidre for your comments and compliments. I haven’t heard of Walt Peregoy, so I’ll have to go and do some research there too : )

  3. November 28, 2017 3:28 pm

    the space rockets are so much fun!

  4. jcmoore permalink
    December 14, 2017 3:40 pm

    These are fantastic – thanks for sharing them 🙂

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