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David Mahoney is a British freelance illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland currently working at Headless Horse. Headless Horse specialises in merging traditional mediums and digital applications in creating bespoke pieces for it’s clients. The studio works with illustrators and animators on a wide range projects for some of most recognised global powerhouses. Selected clients include, Nike, GQ, Kiehl's, The Guardian, Maxim, OPI, Universal Music, The Boston Globe, NBA, Nespresso, 20th Century Fox, American Airlines to name but a few. David believes keeping tradition alive is important in an increasingly digital age. He specialises in the merging of traditional mediums and digital applications resulted in his signature style coined "tradigital". This method of creating his illustration allows his work to be animated, a style often used in digital editorial magazines. In 2014, David opened his first solo exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery, London titled ‘Black + White’: a series of animated portraits of twenty leading individuals created in squid ink and watercolour. In 2013, David was awarded the 99U Scholarship by the Samsung Accelerator and 99U for his design work. David has had his work displayed in numerous publications and has spoken at events in both the USA and UK.

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  • Drawing
  • Rhino
  • Solid Works
  • Keyshot
  • Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects Flash Photoshop Illustrator
  • CNC
  • 3D Printing
  • Fabrication
  • 3D Model Making

Work history



Debut Art

May 2013
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Full Time
  • Represented illustrator with Début Art, London, New York and Tokyo



BA Hons) Product Design

The University of Edinburgh

Sep 2012 - May 2016
  • Edinburgh, UK