David Lovegrove is a writer/illustrator and one of Australia’s best known manga artist’s. His latest manga art is part of the new 2018 edition of Obento Deluxe, the Australian market leading Japanese language series for years 7 - 10 (see here)
David has also created manga stories and art for major corporations including Emirates Airlines, Cochlear Ltd (inventors of the bionic ear) and Daiso Australia (Japanese supermarket chain).
His manga workshops for young people have been voted ‘ Most popular workshop’ during Japan Week in Brisbane (for the Consulate General of Japan) and he has run hundreds of well attended workshops around Australia at literary festivals, schools and libraries.
As well as being a manga artist David has some extraordinary gifts including being a genuine Master of Chinese Kung fu and being able to draw with two hands at once!
Qantas Airlines heard of his ambidextrous work and asked him to star in two nationwide ads. He has also been a concept artist on Hollywood productions including ‘The Ruins’, ‘Sanctum’ and Steven Speilberg’s WW2 TV series ‘The Pacific’.
He is currently working full time on his illustrated novel series ‘Daruma’, an exciting sci fi adventure, a near future vision of a pop culture cosplay civilization!
David is an ideal presenter for Library Youth programs, school art and language departments (particularily Japanese and Chinese ), as well as film & TV studies within schools.
To view David's amazing art skills on the recent Qantas TV ad, go here
MANGA MAGIC WORKSHOP
This workshop introduces participants to the essentials of creating manga characters and scenes and encourages interest in Japanese culture and language. Participants practice designing cool characters from scratch and using right brain inspiration aids such as scribbles and rorshak tests, and look at the ‘filmic’ language of manga story telling.
FANTASY ART / CONCEPT ART WORKSHOP
This workshop focuses on classic techniques and ideas for composing and finishing a fantasy art or concept art piece of the sort used for fantasy novel covers, gaming posters , box lids and in game art as well as in film or TV productions, particularily action or sci fi.
David can tailor these workshops to you particular needs and can design special subject workshops for events ( recent examples include a week of “Kung Fu Panda” art workshops and a “Vampires and Werewolves” workshop week).
David has a wonderful accommodating manner.
The students loved him! His material was informative and age appropriate. A very interesting individual!
All Saints Anglican School - June, 2017All Saints Anglican School - June, 2017David Lovegrove
David was warm and engaging and managed a full house very well with a diverse range of ages from 12-20 and with varying skills with humour and grace. He more than met expectations.
Brisbane City Council Library Services - April, 2017Brisbane City Council Library Services - April, 2017David Lovegrove
David was awesome and fantastic!! The students really enjoyed the day. Some students said that he was inspirational!!
We would like to have David come back next Year - the Manga and Art students just loved it. We would definitely recommend him to other Schools.
David Lovegrove - St. Benedict's College - August, 2016David Lovegrove - St. Benedict's College - August, 2016David Lovegrove
Thanks so much for... visiting us last week. We really enjoyed our time with you and hearing all your fascinating stories! The students loved their day with you and constantly ask for a repeat episode!
David Lovegrove - Brisbane Bayside College, 2016David Lovegrove - Brisbane Bayside College, 2016David Lovegrove
David added a new dimension to our writer’s camp, introducing students to new possibilities for enhancing their narrative writing. I have all kinds of ideas for how we might use David’s services to enhance our writing programs in the future.
David Lovegrove - Corinda State High School, August, 2014.David Lovegrove - Corinda State High School, August, 2014.David Lovegrove