I am a well-respected professional animation story artist and a print production artist. I've collaborated with Marvel, Disney, DC/Time-Warner, Sony, Image, Lakeshore and RoseArt on successful stories. I'm trained in analog and digital media, continuously refining my skillsets in 3D animation, 2D animation, compositing, and storytelling. I'm highly adaptive to the multitude of storytelling pipelines and am expert in industry-standard design software Adobe Creative Suite and ToonBoom. I'm currently sponsored in the SmithMicro Professional Artist Showcase, and also train new artists in design software and storytelling.

Work Samples

  • Illustration

  • Crossing The Line

  • Animation Storyboards

Work History

Dave Lanphear 309 South Hobart Boulevard, Suite 5 Los Angeles, California 90020 dave.lanphear@gmail.com linkedin.com/in/artmonkeys (727) 459-4508 MISSION Passionately producing narratives for film, TV, games, books & social media PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2003-present Owner of Artmonkeys Studios, a transmedia company • freelance illustrator/print producer seasonally at Lakeshore Learning, RoseArt • transmedia producer for Amok Films, Ebencourt Entertainment, Aji Films • art director, talent coordinator, Editor at Large for Sealion Books • illustrator, publication designer, pre-press book assembler, letterer, logo designer, production artist for national publications by Marvel, Disney/Hyperion, DC Comics, Riot Games, Cryptozoic, Sony, WildStorm, Dark Horse/Universal, Image, Zondervan, Radical, Sealion, Archaia, Sideshow Media, Village Broom, Big Bang Media, and Lakeshore Learning • transmedia wonk on facebook, twitter, linkedin, paper.li & kickstarter 1998-2011 Storyboard/Pre-production Artist for… • Marvel/Film Roman on Ultimate Spider-man • Sony/Adelaide Productions on PBS' Dragon Tales, director Tim Eldred • Hallmark Home Entertainment/Richard Raynis on Maxine's Christmas Carol 2000-2004 Design Director/Art Director, CrossGen Entertainment • ground-up creator of Design and Lettering departments, and co-developer of overall production pipeline, pioneering new publishing industry paradigm • produced, co-directed & co-edited production art for 40+ monthly periodicals • industry trend-setter for on-time print material delivery in over 600+ periodicals, collections, trade paperbacks and art treasuries • developer of proprietary digital fonts and lettering styles for Lettering Dept. • core member of innovative Flash-platformed COMICS ON THE WEB, now an industry standard for transmedia migration of comic book IP • pioneered popular pocket-sized Traveler editions, mapped on manga model 1994-1999 Sr. Production Artist/Letterer, Comicraft • supervised award-winning digital lettering and design studio working for Marvel, DC, Image, Chaos, and many other leading publishers of top creatives like Alan Moore (Watchmen), Steve Skroce (Matrix), Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale (Heroes), the writers of Man of Action (Ben Ten, Generator Rex), and dozens more in the current edge of screenwriters and IP pre-visualizers • lead 15 employees in studio’s visual style, timely delivery, and coordination with each publisher's production pipeline • concurrently hand-lettered projects for Chaos! Comics, Malibu Comics 1993-1994 Jr. Production Artist, Malibu 1990-1993 Self-employed freelance illustrator and production artist 1985-1989 Lead Illustrator & Cartoonist, central California newspapers • awarded three editorial cartooning awards from CIPA, NCCHA, and CPA • produced two daily illustration features, This Day In History, and local San Joaquin weather, plus various editorial features and op/ed cartoons • skilled caricaturist for regional and national beat SPECIAL SKILLS 20 years proficiency in Adobe applications up through Creative Suite 6 including Illustrator, PhotoShop, Acrobat, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premiere, Fireworks, Flash, Freehand, and Streamline; 13 years experience in the Macromedia/Adobe Suite – Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver; Fontographer & FontLab; Microsoft Office, including Excel and Word; Quark Xpress; and Corel Painter 11. Also Maya 2009, 3D Studio Max 9, Manga Studio EX5, Art Rage 3, Flipbook 6, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 2 and Toon Boom Animate. Extensive illustration experience, particularly lineart. Extensive production art experience including art retouch, pre-press, and color calibration. Extensive experience as a hand-letterer and font designer. For two years digitally retouched artwork by popular Japanese artists to localize their books for American manga publishers. I excel in creative team assembly, dedicated to deadline art production. I am an animator, training in several pipelines; traditional/2D, Maya/3D StudioMax, and Flash-based solutions like ToonBoom and Flipbook. DIGITAL PORTFOLIO My portfolio is available for review online via http://www.coroflot.com/Artmonkeys REFERENCES http://www.linkedin.com/in/artmonkeys


CSU Stanislaus - Fine Arts Art Institutes International Animation Mentor



Transmedia L.A.


2012 Harvey award-nominee for Best Letterer Eisner winner 2011 for Best Graphic Album RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN & Best Anthology LEGEND OF THE MOUSE GUARD CIPA Editorial Cartooning award-winner CPA Editorial Cartooning award-winner NCCHA Editorial Cartooning award-winner