I create concept art and storyboards for films and documentary projects, illustrations for books and magazines, and motion graphics and animation for television and the web. I am known for my paintings on iPad and other tablets as well as traditional media.
I work with directors and producers to visually map out ideas, and bring concepts and historic scenes to life via drawings, paintings, boards and animatics.
My current projects include creating concept art and style frames for a major exhibition at a U.S. museum.
I worked as storyboard and concept artist for Davis Guggenheim's documentary about Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, to premiere in 2015.
I continuously make illustrations, paintings, animations and comics for both exhibition and publication and my own enjoyment.
I began using the iPhone for painting early on, and expanded to iPad painting when that was introduced. I also work with other tablets, and various painting software. I have been commissioned by Sony to do live tablet painting, and by Microsoft as an artist-in-residence to work with the Surface Pro. I have lectured on iPhone and iPad painting and given workshops.
In television, I was a staff Motion Graphics Designer for NBC/Universal’s Mun2 channel, where my work won two Promax Awards for Best On-Air Illustration. Previously, I worked for MTV, and as Art Director for the 24-hour animation network The Locomotion Channel.
After over a decade living on the East and West Coasts of the United States, I currently work happily from my studio in my native Barcelona, where I live with my wife and son.
Download Resume (2014)
"David's creative spirit is able to capture a story of the human condition and render it in impressionistic strokes. When he sent me a few preliminary sketches for some animation scenes, they were so effective and conveyed in such a subtle way the suffering of our documentary's characters that I was able to use them to great results. I strongly recommend David as a versatile creator of visual images that convey a wide array of emotion."
— Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Producer/Director/Writer, "Sands of Silence" Documentary
"Whenever I need a well-executed, witty, expertly done illustration, my first move is to email or call David Navas. His wide variety of styles works for everything from my editorial to advertorial needs, and he's communicative and easy to work with."
— Richard Martin, Editorial Director at Food Republic
“David’s talent and ability to really listen and understand what the client is trying to convey, made all the difference in the projects we have worked on. He is versatile, talented and very easy to work with. If you are considering him for a job, do not hesitate, as he will deliver beyond your expectations!”
— Elizabeth Carlisle, Art Director, Onboard Media, An LVHM Moët Hennessy Company
"David Navas is a true master of his craft. His vast knowledge of the arts is evident throughout his work. David’s experience includes, but is not limited to, motion graphics, animation, concept art, life drawing, painting, storyboarding - the list is endless. David is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met and puts his soul into every project. A constant dreamer, David’s imagination knows no limits. I recently secured funding for a film project and David’s amazing concept art was key to that success. You need David Navas in your life."
— Antonio Perez, Senior Producer, Author of “Luna”
"Durante los últimos 35 años la revista Quimera ha contribuido de una manera sustancial al análisis y la difusión de la literatura en lengua castellana. Puedo decir que en los últimos cinco años el trabajo gráfico de David Navas ha sido parte importante de ese proceso. Sus ilustraciones han retratado —de manera siempre personal, siempre sutil, siempre inquietante— la vocación de ruptura que guió el periodo de la revista en que me toco dirigirla. Y hay en sus obras el mismo uso a la vez crítico y respetuoso de la tradición que, según entiendo, conducen cualquier esfuerzo de la imaginación a la categoría de arte. Navas no solo es un artista plástico sino también un traductor, un puente entre lenguajes, un ejemplo preciso del cada vez más evidente diálogo entre la forma y la palabra."
— Jaime Rodríguez Z., Escritor, Poeta
"David is an outstanding creative executive with great sensibility and superior skills. I had the opportunity to work with David at The Locomotion Channel from the year 2000 to 2004. When David came to the channel he brought with him an immense array of tools both technical and artistic that help the channel launch it’s groundbreaking online strategy. In time, David’s role expanded to include all creative direction and technical aspects of the networks expansion into live events, in-house animation and live action production, on-air branded campaigns, advertising sales, music publishing and music video production.
Locomotion was a multi-premiered brand and had a special connection with its audience; David played a major role in helping the network achieve these goals."
— Rodrigo Piza, Senior Creative Director at Non Stop Digital S.A.
"David did the illustration for my book. I gave him a vague description of what I wanted, and David came up with an image that exceeded my expectations. He met all deadlines and stayed in constant communication throughout the process. I highly recommend David as an artist and designer. I've seen his other work and can vouch that he is highly creative, skilled, and professional."
— Mina Yang, Author