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David Ayala began drawing on walls at an early age. Eventually he ran out of crayons and so he attended the world's only school for comics and cartooning: the Kubert School in Dover, New Jersey. Dave has since worked as a graphic artist for over 20 years. He is proficient in illustration, caricature, cartooning, comic book art, and graphics software such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Davie designed an overwhelming majority of the gaming tokens manufactured during the 1990s. Dave's professional background also includes designing interior and exterior signs for the Las Vegas casino market, he was the editorial cartoonist for the Ottumwa Courier, and he's since branched off into book illustrations, t-shirt design, privately commissioned work. Dave is currently hard at work on a series of mermaid illustrations for the Mermaid Tales anthology book; a graphic novel titled "Clockgirl and the League of Useless Superheroes";"Pineapple Street" , a traditional newspaper comic strip; and a series of novellas titled "Insanity".All of these projects to be released through Lucky Thirteen Presents, a start-up indie small press collective.

Because he isn't busy enough, he is currently in college and is finishing his bachelors degree in psychology. A few years back he released a solo CD through Fossil Records (which closed its doors about a year later). He plays a mean saxophone, as well as electric bass, electric guitars, synthesizers, and isn't a half bad drummer. He sings too, but the cat on the fence next door asked him to stop. Crazy cat. Dave feels a bit odd talking about himself in the third person but that doesn't stop him from wanting to eat your brains. Yum.

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Current Residence: Hell, Iowa
Favorite genre of music: Progressive metal/rock • Industrial • Jazz • Classical
Favorite photographer: That guy that took the photo of Tom, from Myspace.
Favorite cartoon character: Harley Quinn • Cerebus • Zootanapus • Fathom • Ashley 2.0 • Batgirl
Personal Quote: "Really, Speck, it looks like a rainbow thew up in here!" - Ann Zanity


Sat Aug 16, 2014, 12:29 PM

I haven't posted here in quite a while. I've been busy mostly doing art. Also reestablishing something of an actual life since the whole college fiasco, the Omaha nightmare, and then the Orlando debacle. So whatever happened to that guy with the crazy-detailed mermaid drawings? He's fighting to survive in a world he never made.

At some point along the way I think I decided I was either going to do art for a living or die trying. It wasn't intentional, it just sort of happened out of necessity. The trouble with this whole freelance thing is that it tends to be feast of famine. I pretty much spent the last couple of months working from the moment I got out of bed until I passed out that night. And then the work stopped. And you really can't enjoy the time off because you have to go find more work. So it's this constant stress thing. But at least I don't hate what I do.

So i could literally upload 1,000s of drawings and computer graphics to my DA account. You all seriously have no idea. But I'm kind of at that stage where I'm like, "Why?" I used to have those little projects that actually meant something to me. It's funny how when you're broken down to absolutely nothing those things quit mattering. That "comic project" or "book I almost finished" is pointless when you're crushed at the bottom of Maslow's pyramid. The reality is this, if you want to get paid doing art, you have to make other people's visions come to life. It's the trouble with being a creative person vs "normal". The normal person works his 8 then goes home and pursues hobbies and whatever. The artist does art for money, then goes home and does the stuff that really matters. He works two jobs for life. And eventually you burn out. >POOF<

I guess I'm also burned out on the dA experience.  Don't get me wrong, I did manage to meet some really cool people. Of course this is virtual land and I can't say I've actually met anyone from here, but that's the way the world works now. We sit in protective boxes and seek out out like minded people to type messages to. Some of us still manage a healthy balance, some choose to sequester themselves, and some of us live in small town Iowa. But what really is the point of DA? I guess it's social networking for artists? Okay, it's different things for different people. Some people are out for page views. Some people are fans of characters and such. Some people use dA as a learning ground. I was always a little suspicious. I watch you and you watch me back. Did you actually like MY art, or are you just hoping I will like yours. Sometimes, like dating, it's a mutual match. The one thing I did here differently than anywhere else on the web was I journal-ed. I spoke my mind. I put out the gory details of my life. I spoke up about things that mattered. And I was mostly rebuked for it since dA is a hotbed for liberals who mostly hate the things I stand for: God, liberty, and life. And through those fights and squabbles, I've pretty much deemed most of the world unfit to actually live here. Sounds harsh? Don't get me wrong, I like plenty of you all. But we still live in a world where children are being beheaded. Children for crying out loud. So I could post 1,000s of pictures into a sea of billions of artworks. And maybe someone out there will hit the "fav" button. I guess the novelty of that has kind of warn off. I think I've always been more interested in having something to say to try and to etch away at all the craziness in the world. I think that still matters, but honestly how do you reach out to baby-killers? With reason? Clearly not. The world's gone insane and 1,000 words or a 1,000 pictures aren't going to change that. Yeah, I think I'm going to step outside because this bland green color just isn't doing it for me anymore.

Wishing you all the best...

  • Watching: the world burn

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vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Hey guy, happy birthday. Hope it's a good one and all's well over your way... :beer:
DavidAyala Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I'm still alive and kicking!
AnyaUribe Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Have a very Happy B day! :aww:
DavidAyala Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Happy early birthday! :D (Big Grin) I brings muchHave your cake and eat it too in celebration!
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