Graphic Design | Multimedia Design | Illustration | Video
Art Director and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in the conceptualization, artistic development, creation and production of national and international campaigns. Portfolio includes print and interactive media, corporate identity, print collateral, promotional marketing, book jacket designs, cd packaging, advertisements, logos and website design.
“David Bullock combines the rare balance of being strong in web, multimedia and print design. His creativity is intuitive which allows him to easily produce a masterpiece from scratch. Whether it be graphics, multimedia or hands-on illustration, David's innovative design sense would be a perfect asset to any company.”
To pay the bills, one needs to be an artist like David Michael Bullock. The York County man is a freelance graphic designer. Bullock’s roots and initial training, however, were in the more
traditional fine-arts realm. “My favorite book as a child was Gray’s Anatomy,” he says. “I wanted
to be a medical illustrator.” Family members were astonished by his disfiguring of toy soldiers,
and then covering them in red paint to produce more realistic combat scenes.
Later, guidance from teachers, along with self study, expanded his visions to less sanguinary subjects like still life and landscapes. Nevertheless, Bullock’s fascination with the human body endured and is represented by various graphite tissue and skeletal studies that are displayed in his studio.
The graphite work is not limited to anatomy. Thoughtful perusal of his interiors and figure efforts betrays specific historical influences. “My favorite artists are Da Vinci, Escher and Rockwell,” he says. Other mediums in which Bullock dabbles are acrylics and oils, the latter tending toward abstract imagery.
Neatly presented in his basement work space are three-dimensional comic book figures. “They’re made from a combination of plaster of Paris for the initial figure mold, Mold Builder, liquid latex rubber and latex mask paint,” he explains. Garments, weapons, headgear and other details complete the forms. “I worked with film as an intern. So, I got to work with a lot of special make-up effects, and that interest has continued in these figures.”
But, of course, Bullock’s primary vocation is graphic design. His technical skills, most of them self-taught, are the foundation for his commercial success. “When I graduated from the Bradley Academy of Art [now the Art Institute of York] in 1998, the school had one computer lab,” he says. “Since then, I have attended several workshops, software training classes and seminars.
The vast majority of my software learning came from self motivation. And that can be frustrating at times because software applications and computers are always being upgraded. In more traditional art, the tools and materials change little over the years.”
Bullock continues his education, currently enrolled in accredited online courses. Future plans include photography instruction at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport to, as he declares, “broaden my horizons of diversity as an artist.”
He is certified in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and fully proficient in Dreamweaver, Fireworks, QuarkXPress and InDesign. His extensive knowledge of social networking (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, e.g.) makes him the ideal partner for any graphic project.
“I love book design,” says Bullock. He pulls up files for a current assignment, a book entitled Yes Spaces by a client in Oregon. “It’s about parents designing interior spaces with their children…home design that nurtures their nature,” he says. “The author sends me the pages, many of which have photos. I color correct, Photoshop, and perform other tasks.”
Representing another facet of his design service are Bullock’s promo videos, one of which was created for photographer Alan Wycheck, a frequent contributor to Harrisburg Magazine.
After graduating from AI York with a strong portfolio and honors, Bullock landed his first job as an Art Director for Susquehanna Direct, a full-service advertising agency in Harrisburg. After six successful years, he decided it was time for a change and went the freelance route in 2004.
Strong background in graphic & multimedia design. Certified in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Fully proficient in the use of Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks & QuarkXPress. Extensive knowledge of social networking space (Typepad, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and Social Media Design).
“David does bold, eye-catching work consistently and punctually. Very easy to work with and an excellent communicator.”
Vice President, Tremendous Life Books
“I wholeheartedly recommend the gifted David Bullock who came on board of our DVD and book project and was refreshingly able to integrate his considerable talents in graphics, design, and computer skills and design with impeccability a difficult and demanding project. His style is unique, his sensitivity touching, and his integrity commanding. I am grateful for every bit of talent he contributed and feel great warmth for his ability to become a key member of our creative team.”
“David is skilled in many areas of graphic design from screen graphics like animation and web design to flat work like printed collateral and layout design. While working with us at Rite Aid, over the course of the 8 month contract, he wasted no time fitting into our workflow. He primarily assisted with designing and operating executive presentations and producing motion graphics to support various video communications. He also assisted with the layout design of printed materials such as brochures and event invitations. He has a high level of dedication and his years of experience show in his work.”
Manager, Graphic Design at Rite Aid
“As the Art Director of Motor Trend Auto Shows, I had the privilege of working with David as a Senior Designer for a number of years. He always impressed me with his talent for thinking outside of the box and the creative flair which he brought to the design process. His excellent eye for detail, collaborative abilities, and photography and interactive skills are some of the best I have seen.”
Art Director, Motor Trend Auto Shows
“I had the pleasure of working with David when he came on board our Creative Media Services team at Rite Aid. David joined our team during an extremely intense time period as we were producing content for a large live meeting event. David's exceptional and broad based talents were a tremendous help to our team. He is an extremely creative and talented artist and has a wonderful gift of creating visually appealing content that tells the story. He is very dedicated to his craft and a great guy to work with.”
Director, Internal Communications and Creative Media Services at Rite Aid Pharmacy
“David Bullock is one talented, gifted designer. I recommend him 150%. ”
Former Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Harrisburg Magazine