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Dave in his natural habitat

I am a professional Illustrator with decades of experience in advertising and publishing (children’s books, soap ads, editorial). Years ago, I started keeping a sketchbook with random doodles, and slices of genius in it. This is how commercial artists work; it’s a pretty common tool. Over the years a number of sketches took on a life of their own, and I ended up writing little vignettes to accompany the drawings. I started publishing these creations as a webcomic in 2008. I called the webcomic Artiste Gullible, and it was moderately successful. I loved doing it, and it fed a creative hole inside of me. Life, however, conspired against this love, and I was forced to abandon this personal project. (I was working full-time in the studio, and teaching full-time at college. I did it for 9 years. It was nuts.)

When you do stupid things like that, you pay a price. My price included (but was not limited too) Back surgery and 18 months (still counting) in recovery. As a result, life has become far more simple, and my time has become far more fluid. I still work in my studio, and I still do professional illustration for clients, but I found myself missing and returning to this personal illustration and writing project. So I have decided to start publishing it on the web again.

Do I think I will make a lot of money doing it? No. (I didn’t last time either). But making some money would be cool. I am unable to work the webcomic show circuit, so I sell prints and advertising from my site. If you like what you see… buy a print. It will make me feel good, and encourage me to be a little faster in my posts. Can’t afford a print? How about recommending my site to others? The more people who read my creations, the more likely I am to sell something.

Read, refer, buy a print… It’s all I ask.

It goes without saying that just because you see it here on the web, you don’t have permission to copy my work and use it as you see fit. All copyrights are mine. If I haven’t given explicit written permission then you can’t use anything that appears on this site. I have attorneys that I use in my commercial illustration business. I’m not afraid to leverage their skills. They actually encourage me to. So… Just say no.

If you enjoy my work let me know. Praise and encouragement are always welcome.

David Van Etten
Grand Poo-Bah Van Etten Studios
All around good guy