David Doran works in a studio in Falmouth, Cornwall. He works with his wife Izzy, who is also his studio manager. The studio is a five minute cycle along the river from their home and houses nine other artists, including David’s painter brother, Jon. “It’s such a nice community to be in”, he says, “there are photographers, ceramicists, printmakers, and we often pop into each other’s spaces to see what we’ve been working on.” David’s style is incredibly distinctive – working with an ink brush pen and a refined colour palette he creates simple, iconic images, with a nod to vintage travel posters.
Each day begins with the radio, coffee and exercise – beginning the day actively helps wake the mind. Izzy manages the deadlines and project briefs so that David can begin drawing as soon as possible. Podcasts from Marc Maron and Adam Buxton can often be heard in the background. Minimalism is another important factor – “messiness can be overwhelming”, he says, “particularly with a ton of deadlines.” And every evening he clears his desk completely, ready for the day ahead. If he finds himself in a creative slump, he’ll reach for his guitar or – if it’s summer time – go for a dip in the sea. “This summer, we’ve swum most days of the week. Diving into the sea on a swelteringly hot day is a wonderful feeling.”