My name is David Griffiths, I am a freelance illustrator who mainly creates artwork for children’s books and fantasy related themes. I have worked with a wide variety of clients and editorials over the years from original authors to classic tales.
Working with a game developer has been one of the highlights in this career as it involved creating environments and character concept designs for an RPG game. I have always been a big fan of the fantasy genre as one can become inspirationally immersed in such a wonderous and fantastical world. I love to use art as a way to explore style, content and expression while learning new things as one goes along.
Among some of the things that I attain inspiration from are children’s books, mostly fantasy games such as the Dark souls series, Elden ring, the fantasy genre in general as it is so beautifully diverse and varied, elements of nature, and just exploration of materials and mediums in general.
I began my path as an illustrator by pencil drawing then turned more towards acrylic, the medium I have always preferred. I used to create a great deal of physical painted artwork for many years until technology offered more and more possibilities to explore and discover. I do still use traditional painting but as materials grew more expensive I turned more to digital art and freehand. These days I use my XP-Pen and tablet accompanied by Photoshop to create my illustrations although I would very much like to get back into traditional painting at some point when I can afford to.
I was born in Wrexham, North Wales but have lived much of my life in Britain, lived for about 10 years in Buenos Aires as an English teacher and illustrator when I could get the illustration work and now I am currently based in Southampton, England. I studied at art college for about 5 years, 1 year in Wrexham and 4 years in Manchester and Stockport where I graduated with a HND in illustration.