Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fall 2014 Classes: David M. Ball

For those students it may concern. Here are the classes I am offering for illustration in Fall 2014 onsite and online at the Academy of Art.

ILL 379/ ILL 379ol Eccentric Illustration is a concept expanding class. which explores: stylistic experiments, conceptual perception on time/place/motion and all that relates to, exploration of the principles of propaganda, surrealist conceptualization methods, and methods of conveying emotion effectively. Modernist influences are explored. This is ideally about breaking free of obvious solutions and pushing expression.

ILL 378/ ILL 378ol
Editorial Illustration, (which is brand spankin' new and I am quite pleased with) explores all dimensions of the practice: The course explores the developments in editorial illustration, fine art, and design from the early 1800s to the present and how they cross-fertilized after the development of Modernist ideas. We explore the impact of these 20th century artistic developments on the 21st century illustration world's top professionals' vast collection of varied stylistic languages.The course emphasizes the development of a unique, individuating style, effective message, and how to market your unique voice. The online course has embedded slideshow after slideshow in huge zoomable format of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of images of stellar work or top artists and illustrators. The live class will review the same imagery in zoomable projection lecture format. Projects are all based on very recent, socially relevant articles. For these you will be exploring the creation of spots, half page, full page, 1 and 1/3 page, double page spread and cover illustrations considering necessary design logistics

Sunday, November 10, 2013

David Ball Photoshop Collage

"Birds", ©2013 David Ball

Check out my new illustration work on my @Behance portfolio: "Photoshop Play".

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Catapult Art Magazine: David Ball: Alchemically Speaking

Alchemically Speaking

"al•che•my [al-kuh-mee]
Any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance into a substance of great value.

That pretty much sums up surrealist , collage/mixed media artist, David Ball. His creations come to life by way of layering, texturizing and adhering... all while reinventing otherworldly landscapes that engage the viewer into what can only be described as nothing short of visual alchemy".

To read the full interview, go here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Austin Chronicle: David Ball: A Certain Reality

"Ball works in collage and mixed media, and it's his work here that most shores up one's expectations of continued grayDUCK excellence". "Ball's work is collage that Dave McKean could be proud of... "

To read the full review, click here.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

David Ball: Gray Duck Gallery- A Certain Reality

“A Certain Reality” explores the spaces between reality and imagined perceptions, where characters bear witness to an internal narrative of memories and relationships. This exhibition features three artists that create delicate, yet complex ethereal landscapes and characters, including mixed-media collages from David Ball and paintings from Jennifer Davis and Megan Kimber.

opening reception: friday, february 22, 7-10pm
exhibition dates: february 22 – march 30, 2013

608 W. Monroe St. | Suite C | Austin, Texas 78704
512.826.5334 |

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

David Ball: Cella Gallery- Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes: a provocative group exhibition of ominous worlds and forsaken dreams, featuring multiple works from 10 innovative artists: Annie Owens, Christian Rex van Minnen, Christine Wu, Chrystal Chan, David Ball, Fulvio Di Piazza, Jana Brike, Jessica Ward, Judith Supine, and Michael Page.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 7-10pm
Cella Gallery
11135 Weddington Street #112
North Hollywood, CA 91601

For an advance online preview, please email