OWA Profile: David Poe, Poster Designer

Cthulhu emerges from Barton Springs in the inaugural Other Worlds Austin Official Poster.  Created by artist, David Poe, the poster should be up around Austin in a few days.  If you see one, tweet it out with the location so we can all support businesses that support SciFi.  Limited edition 18x24 screen prints of the poster, signed by the artist, will be available at the festival.  


Director of Marketing Don Elfant had a chance to speak with poster artist David Poe about his work.

When did you first realize you had a talent for art?

 I first realized that I had a talent for art when I was a teenager. Maybe 13? I had been drawing since I was a little kid (my mother SWEARS I drew a brontosaurus skeleton when I was 2). I did not actively pursue art until I was 16.

Do you have any formal training?

I moved from DeSoto (south east of Dallas/Ft. Wroth) to San Antonio, TX when I was 16. I found a magnet arts program attached to a public school: the North East School of the Arts (NESA).  After graduating in 2002, I attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) until graduation in 2006.  The training in NESA was fine art; mostly focusing on knowledge of art history and how to use materials properly. College was mostly about how to find your voice/style/mode of working as an artist. 

Where are you from and when/why did you move to Austin?

I was born in Corpus Christi, TX but moved in 1986 to DeSoto, TX. In 2000 we moved to San Antonio. I went to Milwaukee for college but came back to San Antonio after graduation. My then girlfriend (later my wife) and I moved to Austin because it seemed to have more Art-job opportunities. And it did!

How would you describe your style?

Illustrated realism: I focus on line and shadow but choose colors, anatomy, and backgrounds on real-life.

You’re now into tattooing. How did you get into that?

I got my first tattoo in September of 2012 by Scott Spencer at the Inkery in Austin, TX. I saw his drawing and thought it looked a lot like my work. Then he did the tattoo and I thought, “I could totally do this.” I talked to my wife about it and she agreed that it would be a nice full-time career move from illustration/storyboards.  I approached Scott and he took me on as his apprentice. I began taking clients in January of 2013. I really wanted to bring my art background and style to tattoos. I thought it would fit nicely!

What are some of the strangest requests you’ve received?

I recently did a Super Grover Pez dispenser as a larger shoulder piece. I did a full calf/shin Hades/Cerberus scene. I once tattooed ‘Hakuna Matata’ on a girl’s butt-cheek.

Are you a fan of SciFi? If so, what are your favorite SciFi films?


How has science fiction influenced your artwork?

I have always had an affinity toward Lovecraft. I take a lot of ‘calmness’ from the more descriptive parts of his work. I like the illustrations where, even when things seem chaotic, it’s all still quiet.

What do you like to do when you’re not drawing?

I watch a lot of NetFlix, play games or cook. I am an excellent baker! I bake amazing pumpkin pie and apple pie!

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I am a vendor at a lot of shows around town as a jointly-owned art gallery/store with my wife, Tina, called Serpentine Visions (serpentinevisions.com). We sell art! I also have a 20lb Maine Coon cat called Mojito.