I’m David Coulson, commercial artist, and these are a few of my favorite things:

House Industries, the greatest font company in the world! I drew their Monster Font set, a perennial Halloween favorite.

Harp-L, your one-stop source for all things harmonica (at least it’s mine!).

Here are highlights of my Carrot Bag collection. I started saving them in the late ‘70s when I had moved to New York one semester for a college arts program working as an assistant to Neal Adams. I’d pass many vegetable stands on the way to work and began noticing the incredible variety of cartoon art on carrot bags. I bought them for the carrots but saved the bags, and soon figured I was amassing the largest carrot bag collection in the world. I later found this wasn’t the case when by chance I met another collector, Jeff Chiplis, who had far surpassed me!

John Pound, the cartoonist and illustrator of the Garbage Pail Kids and an early mentor.

John Holmstrom’s site. John was instrumental in creating Punk Magazine, Comical Funnies and Stop! Magazine, the last of which I was a contributor to.

Bruce Carleton’s The Jaded Gates, the website of one of the first art directors to give me high profile work when I started freelancing, and a dynamite artist. We also worked on Stop! together. Dig deep, lots of great stuff here!

Ken Avidor, another of the Stop! gang and an absolutely must-see cartoonist. The creator of Roadkill Bill, the only run-over rodent who stars in his own comic strip. Also the site of his wife Roberta, no slouch of a commercial artist herself!

The National Cartoonists Society, of which I am a proud member.

Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, ditto.

CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, ditto again.

Duane Keiser’s A Painting A Day, a blog by the artist who started the daily-painting-and-web-posting phenomenon, and helped inspire me to start painting.

Robert A. Maguire, one of the best paperback book cover artists from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. Includes many of his reference photos for a fascinating look at how a traditional illustrator works.

Lou Brooks, the iconic pop art illustrator who gave me my professional start by hiring me to assist him when I first moved to New York, and then referred me to jobs he was too busy to undertake.

Bob Newman, the great magazine designer who has given me assignments at many of the publications he’s art directed. His website was the source of inspiration for my new design!

Leslie Cabarga, a fantastic commercial artist and writer/educator, who has graciously included me in several of his book projects over the years.

Wendy Bennett Fine Art Paper Conservation, the business website for my beautiful and talented wife, who is also the official conservator of the David Coulson commercial art archives (in trade for website design).

The David Coulson Portraiture site, dedicated to the promotion of my latest endeavor, painting portraits!

Here are links to a few articles that have appeared about me and my work:




And finally, for those dedicated readers who’ve managed to get this far, here are a couple of bonus additional features: