A few words about Dave

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Hailing from the far reaches of the frozen tundra in the great Northeast comes the force that is David Van Allen.  Dave has traversed vast distances fraught with great perils to bring to you his special brand of creativity. Not only can he hop on one foot and sing the entire beginning song to his favorite film The Neverending Story, he also has earned two art degrees in his trade and many awards and accolades. His multi-disciplined skill set and approach brings a unique and unforgettable tone to this work.

Dave is a storyteller at heart. He is a collector of memories and nostalgia; he is a music-maker and a dreamer of dreams. Dave never stops thinking or sketching. His home studio (and sometimes his desk here) looks like a meticulously organized cross between a toy store and a cabinet of curiosity, Even the snozzberries taste like snozzberries! A multi-disciplined artist, animator and designer, Dave is all about creativity. He has earned degrees in both fine art and media arts not to mention a few professional awards. Dave’s heroes are Jim Henson, Walt Disney, Maurice Sendak and #7 The Mick. Dave feels true art, dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.

Animation, Design, Art Direction, Whatever the project, If its creative digital media or arts based, he can make your ideas happen. Specialties: Animation (3D, 2D/traditional, stop-motion) Design, Art Direction, and Photo Manipulation.

Inspiration

  • Motionographer
  • UPA animation
  • Hiking in the Adirondack mountains
  • Maurice Sendak
  • Micky Mantle
  • Walt Disney
  • Oswald the lucky rabbit -Walt’s most sucessfull setback
  • Jim Henson
  • Beethoven
  • Led Zepplin

What I do

1

Animation

Dave doesn’t just design things, he makes them move too!

Well versed in both traditional and digital techniques, he draws on his broad knowledge of styles to make ideas come alive. Dave’s bag of tricks includes (but is not limited to) hand drawn, stop motion and 3D animation styles.

2

Visual FX/Compositing

Bringing together a cohesive moving image through the layering of other images, textures, and drawings.

The seamless melding of visual elements to create a fantastical new world.

3

Photo Manipulation

Making what you see match what you imagine.

Sometimes a photograph just doesn’t do what you want. Dave goes past what is in the picture and gives your image a life of it’s own.

4

Design

Giving ideas substance and making them become a visual reality.

Taking your idea and turning it into a fully realized visual concept or image is one of the skills that he uses every day.

5

Fine Art

Not just a designer, Dave is also a classically trained fine artist.

Dave’s imagination and creativity flows well past the confines of computers and commercial work. His fine art ranges from traditional to experimental and beyond!