About Me

My name is David Blaine Clemons (DBC.) I am a professional artist living in Central Texas, working in a variety of different mediums. I have been an exhibiting gallery artist and professional illustrator for appoximately thirty years, as well as a videogame artist since 1992.

Other major interests and influences are anything art related, including techniques and art history. I collect and study magazine and book illustration, and comicbook art. I am also a student of film and theatre.

Many of the works you will see here and at my website are available for purchase. For purchase or commission information please visit my website. High quality prints of my art are also available at either Imagekind or Redbubble.

Note that this is a moderated blog. Anything flagged as “spam” will be deleted. If you have made a post here wondering why it doesn’t appear, that’s likely the reason why.


  1. Hi there! I just randomly stumbled across you blog. Nice to see your work again, it’s all looking great. Plan to visit here more often.


  2. Nice blog MR David

    like your techniques 🙂

  3. Good to hear, hamann. Thanks for stopping by.

    …and a “thank you” to you, Lacey. (Better late than never.)

  4. I love your site. Keep it up !

  5. Hey there I arrived at your website by looking for color markers’ technichs. I am an architect and I love using markers, but I am trying to improve my skills. Your work is beautiful, and there’s always a great balance in terms if not doing too much or filling the page with too much information or too much saturation. Do you have any advise for architectural; sketching?


  6. Thank you.
    In terms of architectural subjects, I would say that the main thing to consider is composition. Not every structure or corner of a room will make that interesting of a drawing as is, so some on-site editing will almost always be called for. It’s easy to get caught up in small details of things, so always keep the whole image in mind and simplify things where you can.

  7. Moved from another post:
    [From Janet:]
    Hi, I’ve created a forum for artist who paint with water soluble oils and it would be great if you could come and have a look : http://watersolubleoils.forumotion.com

  8. I Googled for some information on paint and ended up over at ConceptArt.org where a link to this blog did not work because there is a period after the // that needs to be removed.

    It reads, “http://.dbclemons.wordpress.com”

    Just wanted to let you know.

    • Thanks for the tip, Michael. The link is now fixed.

  9. Mr. Clemons you are really a great artist, your techniques are too good, and also I can’t explain about your finish……….it’s awesome.. 🙂

    • thank you, Janmejay.

  10. I noticed you have a link to the Conservation distlist. Are you also a conservator?

    • No, not a conservator. I’m just a fan of the information they offer and the science behind this stuff.

  11. This will be repeating what others have said already…your work is truly awesome! I just want to keep coming back and look at it over and over.

    • Thank you for the compliment, JSD.

  12. I nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blog Award” http://doodledad.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    • Thanks! I’m flattered.

  13. Came across 3 black pencil drawings of (old) movie stars – possibly Gloria DeHaviland, Carole Lombard & Vivian Leigh, signed “Clemons”. I have had them about 30 years. Not being art savy, can’t tell you more about the prints. The portraits are in ovals about 10×14 on heavy paper. Any connection to you?

    • They were not done by me.

  14. I appreciated your review of the DecoColor Paint Markers. Despite their ubiquity, there is very little practical info out there beyond “they’re great on wood, glass, ceramic, tile, etc.”. I dropped a question in the comments on that page. Love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for the great info!

  15. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Have a look at the rules on my site if you would like to accept. Cheers KnitNell

  16. Lots of great information here. I am just beginning my studying of paint and various experimental mediums. I find Paul Klee to be a great inspiration. Thanks for recording your discoveries. I like videogame art too. Really into Nintendo for their commitment to highly stylized artistic gaming! Thanks again.

  17. I love your work Mr. Clemons and I was wondering if I could save a picture of one of your art pieces to set as the backdrop on my blog. I can’t buy it but I figured I could ask. 🙂 If not I completely understand, please get back to me soon.
    MaKenzie Gray

    • MacKenzie, I thank you for your appreciation of my art, and asking for permission toward its use. I would prefer it if you did not use my art as part of your blog itself; however, if you want to post add a link to my artwork on your blog that is perfectly fine. This allows me to have more control over how my imagery is used and viewed.

  18. Okay, I understand. thank you!

  19. Hi, I randomly found your blog too looking for sketches of guitars and I love your stuff. I’m just really beginning to seriously try developing my skills with pen and pencil so your stuff is exactly just the kind of level I’m looking to reach.

    • Thank you, Sadi. Best of luck to you.

  20. I enjoyed my visit. I like the fact that your subjects seem to come from your everyday life experience. This really shows in your work and it is something I always feel drawn to when looking at works from other artists..

    • Thank you, Julie. It’s more entertaining when you can see the work through the hand that made it.

  21. i have a question, i hope you wouldn’t mind answering.
    i have been painting in gouache on black stonehenge paper, and while i am happy with it, i would prefer dark blue or dark green or any color but black. my question is…

    what would work to tone either watercolor paper or a mounted clay board evenly to then paint over with gouache?

    i have been doing research all over the net but i was hoping for some input from someone with more experience.– thank you in advance

    • The best results I’ve gotten with toning paper is to soak it in very thin ink. If you don’t have a bin large enough, you could use a large sponge on wet paper. The paper should be relatively thick rag stock – Stonehenge should be okay. Let it dry slowly under weight or stretched. To get a more saturated color, don’t try to use ink (or paint) that is too thick, do it slowly by letting it dry and adding another thin layer. Shellac or acrylic inks would have less chance of lifting from the gouache paint than other types of inks.

  22. Stumbled here via a Google search (“casein”). Been working with Richeson’s for a couple of years. I’ll be back! Would like to link to you from my page The Studio Journal (https://papillary.blogspot.com/).

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