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David Danz
The Studio of David Danz
I was born in Redwood City and grew up in Sonora, a quaint historic town located in the foothills of Northern California. After high school, I attended Delta Junior College in Stockton, where I developed my skills in drawing, calligraphy, and printmaking. I went on to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and graduated in 1983 with a B.F.A. in illustration. FIve months after Art Center the first of my 4 children was born, thus as young ambitious illustrator fresh out of college, I worked a variety of odd jobs while peddling my portfolio for freelance assignments. In 1985, I moved my family to the San Francisco Bay Area and 4 years later was able to transition into full-time freelance illustration.

For a number of years I worked as an illustrative printmaker, pulling prints from carved and inked blocks of wood & linoleum. However, in order to meet tight deadlines, I chose to set aside my carving and engraving tools for scrapers and x-acto blades. Today, the majority of my illustrations are created on scratchboard or clayboard, a medium in which I can achieve the same woodcut/wood engraving look, in a fraction of the time, and without the need for bandages. (Carving tools are brutal on the hands).

Over the past 24 years, my illustrations have enhanced many ad campaigns, packaging designs and corporate logos. They have been utilized in books, national and trade magazines, newspapers, catalogs, and brochures. They have been reproduced on signage, posters, architecture, and a variety of novelty and miscellaneous products. I am committed to producing the best work possible and meeting the tightest deadlines presented. I strive to ensure that at the completion of each job, my clients consider working with me a pleasure, and that my illustrations contribute to the success of their projects.

I currently reside and work from my studio on the outskirts of Placerville, which ironically is another historic town nestled in the Gold Country of Northern California. El Dorado County is a great place to raise a family, although I admit that I am now an “empty nester”. In addition to working as an illustrator, I continue to refine my skills as a printmaker, and I also embrace the challenge of plein air painting in the mountains and vineyards of the surrounding areas . I am blessed to be able to work as an illustrator and artist. I consider my greatest success and accomplishment to be 27 years of marriage to an incredible woman I met in highschool, and the raising of our 4 talented and ambitious children, all of whom are out making their own mark in the world.


My Clients include:

Albertsons Stores
American Express
Apple Computer
Anheuser Busch
Bank of America
Bartles & Jaymes
Boston Gas Company
Bristol-Meyers Squibb
California State Lottery
Chevron Corporation
Coors Brewing Company
Crystal Cruises
Del Monte Foods
Disney Consumer Products
E & J Gallo Winery
General Mills
Greenwood Rige Winery
Houghton Mifflen Harcourt
HarperCollins Publishiers
Hewlett Packard
H.J. Heinz Co.
Hitachi Data Systems
Hunt-Wesson Inc
Keebler Foods
Kraft Foods Inc.
LA TImes
Levis Stauss
Lipton Tea
Lundberg Family Farms
Nestle’ USA
NY TImes
N.Y. Stock Exchange
Pacific Gas & Electric
Pete’s Wicked Ale
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Pepperidge Farms
Post Cereals
Princess Cruise Lines
Quaker Oats
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Sutter Home Winery
San Jose Sharks
Stonyfield Farms
United States Postal Service
Wells Fargo Bank
Yosemite National Park
David Danz
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