Insights/foresights :: with Dave Homer


Meet Dave Homer. 

One half of former legend creative team, Debaser, and now a key part of our team of illustrators at The Drawing Arm.

After almost a decade of design for the music industry, working on award-winning album artwork for Empire of the Sun, Cold Chisel and a million others to name a few – Dave has ventured out into the wider world of commercial illustration. 

Commuting between New York and Sydney, Dave still enjoys his music-related work, but he is currently concentrating on illustration and hand-drawn typography, typically combining the two.

His ever-growing international client list includes Capital One Bank (USA), Whole Foods (USA), Kiehls, Polk Audio, Optus, IBM, Telstra, Vodafone, Jetstar and Converse.


What’s your dream project or brand to work on?

That’s really hard to say. Some of my favourite clients and projects have come from the most unexpected brands. Back when I worked mainly in the music biz, I would have said working on a new Sonic Youth record would be my dream project! These days I really get excited to work on projects where a brand has faith in what I do as an artist, and wants to collaborate with me on a specific idea. Something that has a bigger scope than just a single image and requires me to communicate a number of ideas across different platforms and mediums. I’m also working on a book of my illustrations at the moment, which is pretty much turning out to be my dream project!

What do you see trending in illustration this year? 

I think we’re going to keep seeing styles that move away from being exclusively digitally created, and more toward work that has something of a hand-created feel. People tend to be less impressed with technical wizardry now, and seeing that a piece has been carefully thought out, considered and created has real value. I obviously use a lot of technology and hardware to create my work, but it all starts with a thought and a pencil and paper. I think hand-drawn typography in particular will continue to be prevalent, as it’s so effective at conveying personality and individuality. 


Name your top three Instagram accounts to follow?  

@powwowworldwide   @brooklynmuseum    @natgeo

In the future all art is destroyed, and you can only save one piece – what would it be?

I’d keep the original pencil sketch studies of Edward Hopper’s, “Nighthawks”. I love the painting, but in some ways, I like the scratchy, sparse little sketches much more. There are some hanging in the Whitney in NYC, and they are just such vague little outlines of an idea on old scraps of paper, but they have a real spontaneity and energy to them, and only hint at what the final piece will become.


To check out more of Dave’s work or to write his next brief, click here.