David Galletly

David Galletly

David Galletly is a freelance illustrator from Stirling living and working in Shawlands. We recently had the opportunity to find out about David's background and the processes he goes through to create his fantastic work. Enjoy!

"In 2001 I studied graphic design. When I graduated, I had no idea what direction I wanted to go in, work-wise, so I juggled odd freelance graphics jobs while working in a shop. At the same time, I started posting my drawings online and exhibiting in a few small galleries. People gradually began approaching me with illustration projects and, over time, I found that I was drawing more than I was designing."

"In 2010, I moved to Glasgow with my wife Alex. To pay the bills, I worked as a web designer for a company down at Pacific Quay. When they went under in 2012 (not my fault), I decided to give full-time self-employment a shot. It’s been a scary few years but I can’t imagine doing anything else."

"My clients include Innis & Gunn, Wired, Pringle 1815, The Hollywood Reporter, Glasgow Film and The List. I do loads with the guys over at Recoat and I head up the art direction for Lost Map Records. Recently, I’ve created the album artwork for Trapped in Amber by Jonnie Common, I’ve illustrated some gift packs for Innis & Gunn and we’ve got a few top secret releases set to come out on Lost Map by the comedian Josie Long."

"This year I hope to get some more personal projects out there - it feels like ages since I’ve drawn anything for the fun of it. Hopefully some new stuff’ll make its way to my blog and my wee online shop soon. I’ve also been noodling around with some ideas for more narrative animation."

"That said, I’m excited to see where my client work takes me. One of the best parts of the job is the variety and it’s always fun to work with new people. I’d love to do more stuff here in Glasgow too, so if there’s anyone out there who’s up for doing something, hit me up!"

Process

"For client work, everything starts in my sketchbook. I’ll make lists and draw little thumbnails until I’ve got a few ideas that feel like they might be working. From there, I rough out larger versions in pen that I quickly scan and send over."

"When we’ve agreed on a direction, I draw the final illustration on white card. Mistakes don’t worry me too much because I know I can fix them in Photoshop. I’ll often take multiple attempts at things off to the side to give myself a choice later. The flexibility that the computer gives me is great but I worry it has made me worse at drawing."

"I run the scan through a few Photoshop actions to get the linework onto a transparent layer. I then clean up any mistakes, piece things together and fill in the background. Colours live on their own layers so I can easily tweak the finished drawing if I need to."

To see more of David's work visit: davidgalletly.com

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