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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

NaNoWriMo? Who me?

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 28, 2013, 4:06 PM
So I have this new idea for a book and so I thought to myself, "Self, you've always wanted to try this NaNoWriMo thing, and here's your idea!" And it's true, especially after giving the 24 hour comic challenge a shot, this was always next on the bucket list. So I poked around at the rules and unfortunately they are a bit strict and my book idea doesn't gel with the qualifications. I was bummed. None the less, I'm expecting I can bang out 50,000 plus a few cartoons and have a book ready to self-publish at the end of November. So even though I can't officially play along, I'll be giving it a go along side many of you more seasoned writers. And now, through the wonders of the internet, you all can watch I was bitch, moan, cry or maybe even share my triumph over the 50,000 word goal in November. Wish me luck! For the record, this is absolutely the last book anyone is expecting from me. So watch this space for exciting developments!

Meanwhile, in other news I did live caricatures at another of those zombie events and set a new personal "record" for myself. Of course I would have preferred I didn't set THIS one. First consider that I went into the event with only 2 hours sleep, so I kicked off the event with that obstacle in the way. I wound up drawing for 8 and 1/ hours straight
96 and six and a half was the previous record) That's zero stopping. No potty breaks, no cit chat. Just taking time to look up and see who I'm drawing and make sure tips stay in the tip jar. About 7 hours in, it started getting cold out. During the next half hour, I was about half certain I was having a heart attack -- no kidding -- but it was probably heart burn or what ever a person gets when they don't eat and go around all sleep deprived. no one seemed to care as long as folks in line got their drawing. Then the sun dropped, and I noticed I was actually shaking. From the cold? Exhaustion? Who know, I'm not a doctor. I was ready to pack it in because I couldn't actually see people to draw them., but most people in the crowd all had those handy dandy cell phone flashlights. Lucky  me. So I reluctantly drew a couple more and finally hit that 8 1/2 hour mark. Why put myself through all this you ask? Because I'm still otherwise unemployed (thanks, Obama). Freelance art is the only thing paying the bills so if people want to give me money to draw silly pictures you can bet I'm going to oblige them until I pass out. Which I nearly did. So there. At least I'm out there living the life. Weeeee.

So what's up with you? How you all been hangin'?

  • Listening to: The Eden House
  • Reading: The Purpose Driven Life
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Drinking: Carrot apple and ginger juice.

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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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