Dustin Davis

Freelance Illustrator & Drawer

Location:Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
2 Skills
I draw illustrations, doodles, and comics in order to express my thoughts, my sense of humor, and my imagination. I feel that what I’m thinking is better conveyed through visual form rather than through words. It is as if I feel creating images in place of speaking is a less self-conscious way to express my thoughts. Ultimately, though, I am still self-conscious and self-aware, and this shows through in my work, I believe.

With this self-awareness also comes a desire to please or gain a reaction out of the viewer. I do this by instilling at least a little humor, meaning, or both into nearly every piece of art I do. Some of the major recurring themes in my art include a sense of solitude, strangeness, and silliness. I seem to be drawn to natural settings, landscapes, and animals: the natural environment can embody a sense of vastness and unfamiliarity, while animals can sometimes have a certain kind of simple, non-personal humor that I think is appealing. Usually I seek to have a fun, fictional, irreverent feeling in my art.

I do not know how to best transfer that feeling until I’ve laid the pencil to the paper. I begin drawing and develop and morph my ideas through sketches and thumbnails. I enjoy the freshness of the first thought-to-pencil transfers, but will follow a finished idea up with the proper refinements. Often I will sketch and re-work something fairly extensively before finally completing the piece by traditionally, or digitally, inking and coloring my piece. My initial ideas eventually manifest themselves into the form of either individual illustrations, or sequential art.


Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN (May 2012): Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration; GPA: 3.64

Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan , Co. Clare, Ireland (April 2011); One Semester Study Abroad Program


Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (September 2010-December 2010; August 2011-Present); Documenting the museum's art slide collection in Visual Resources department as work/study.


Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, June 2010-August 2010. Internship; documented the museum's art slide collection in Visual Resources department.

National Honor Society, St. Peter, MN (2006 - 2008). Member, volunteer activity included Animal Companion, Pound Pals; Portrait Painter, Memory Project; and Food Preparer, Kids Against Hunger.


Netz, Fred . Nutmeg: Story of a Pony (2011). ISBN 0-9725485-6-4. Collaborated on illustrations with Dylan Davis to complement author's story about raising show ponies.

Certificate of Merit. Illustration West 49. Judged competition. Society of Illustrators Los Angeles


Fine Line Music Café, Minneapolis, MN (2011); RAW Natural Born Artists “Junction” Show
Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN (2011); “Home” Show
Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland (2011); Undergraduate Show
BI Gallery, Edina, MN (2011); All School Project: Memory Exhibition
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN (2011); Memory Exhibition
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2010); Foot in the Door Exhibition
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN (2009); Time and Space Exhibition
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN (2008); Dear President Exhibition


Proficient skill in Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, Lightroom 3, and After Effects CS5. Proficient also in Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Word.
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