|"David Ho creates dark digital art with irony. Pieces expressing grief, despair, isolation and sexual disturbance become highly emotional statements in cold, metallic colours. And each is forceful. Mr Ho is a uniquely effective communicator of the grotesque."- Randy M Dannenfelser.
I've been called many things in my life, but I would fancy myself an artist first and foremost. After 10 years of working as a freelancer, I think creating art has become more of a necessity than anything. Surely it puts food on the table, but it serves a psychological purpose as well. Productivity, a sense of immortality, an outlet for expression are but a few reasons. Even though I've experimented with various kinds of media like oils, acrylics and airbrush, I find myself initially coming back to the digital medium time and time again due to its efficiency. I work exclusively on the Macintosh utilizing software programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Poser and Bryce. I then create mixed media pieces layering utilizing traditional methods as well as experimenting with new techniques.
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2007 IT's ART Magazine Interview:
It brings us great pleasure to bring to you this interview with David Ho, one of the world’s most talented digital artists. His works can not often be found in online galleries and his works cannot usually be understood if shown independently, they must be shown in a series as they were meant to be. Today we offer you this rare opportunity to discover the universe of David Ho.
IIT’S ART: David Ho, you are today’s most openly schizophrenic artist. From one side you present the Universe of Candice, the bright world of a young girl filled with perfumes of magic, and from the other you expose a much darker world where stone creatures that remind us of the temples of Ankhor are loosing their elements.
Can you guide us through these two worlds?
David Ho: Well, if you take a closer look at Candice the ghost you’ll realize that the works are about dark as well. After looking over my previous creations from the past 10 years I realized that my tastes and perspectives change. For my newer works I wished to create something that on the surface appeared gentle and innocent but upon closer inspection revealed a darker world. I suppose today I enjoy the slight subtleties of art.
IA: You have created from one side a universe in 3D and from the other a vision closer to engraving or carving, any comments?
Well like I said before, after working on more or less the same style for over 14 years I wanted a change and I wanted to see if I could create different styles of art.
IA: To what degree do techniques and software reinforce your arguments?
DH: I would say with my work that technique and software must constitute at least 75%. Of course concepts in art are most important, but if I implement my concepts poorly they wouldn’t be visually appealing at all.
IA: For a long time now your works have been associated with the software Poser. Even at the moment a newly published book about Poser 7 talks about your work. Does this bother you?
DH: Not at all, I have been working with Poser ever since they came out with the first generation and I love using it. Also, another reason my style changed to a more "flat" look is because Poser is becoming more and more realistic. Consciously I did wish to separate myself from the generic Poser user.
IA: In both worlds we detect the presence of deities; does religion have influence on your work? And if yes please explain.
DH: I’m not a very religious person but I do think at my age (37) I believe in Buddhism, not necessarily as a religion but more a philosophy. I believe the ultimate purpose of religion is to offer some kind of inner peace to an individual and I think Buddhism does this for me. In my previous works I do have a lot of religious content, and perhaps this is my own contemplations if a God really does exist and if so, what goes on in His head…
IA: Another major theme in your work is death, and specifically dismemberment, why this obsession? And between the two worlds where do you see yourself more?
DH: Death, yes this is something I think about a lot. One’s own mortality, all of us will die, it’s just how and when? Would our lives be enriched if we knew the how and when?
COMPETITIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Society of Illustrators Annuals, Spectrum Annuals, Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Annuals, Communication Arts Illustration Annuals, MacWorld Expo Digital Gallery Gold & Silver Award , Alternative Pick Jury Voted Series Gold Award, Design Graphics, Heavy Metal, Computer Graphics World, DPI Magazine, Society for News Design, Luerzer's International ARCHIVE, Dangerous Ink, ImagineFX.
2009 to present:
2009 Group exhibit at ARTery Miami Art Fair, Miami
2009 Group exhibit for POWER IN NUMBERS at Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra
2009 Group exhibit for MacWorld Expo Digital Art Gallery, San Francisco
2008 Group exhibit at World of Wonder Gallery, Los Angeles
2007 Group exhibit at ThinkSpace Gallery, Los Angeles
2007 Group exhibit at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle
2006 Group exhibit at Strychnin Gallery, Berlin
2006 Awards exhibit at Alternative Pick, NY
2006 Solo exhibit at Taipei International Visual Arts Center, Taipei
2005 Group exhibit for Random Acts of Art at Loft11, San Francisco
2005 Group exhibit for Spectrum Fantasy Art at Society of Illustrators Museum, NY
2005 Group exhibit for MacWorld Expo Digital Art Gallery, San Francisco
2003 Group Halloween exhibit at Echo Gallery, Chicago
2003 Solo exhibition at Taipei International Visual Arts Center, Taipei
2002 Solo exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Digital Arts Center, Denver
2001 Group exhibit for Seybold Digital Art Gallery
1999 Group exhibit for Taiwanese Art Evolution, Taiwan
2013 200 Best BEST ILLUSTRATORS WORLDWIDE
published by Luerzers Archive
2012 American Illustrations 31 (website)
2010 200 Best BEST ILLUSTRATORS WORLDWIDE
published by Luerzers Archive
2009 EXOTIQUE 5
published by Ballistic Publishing
2009 200 BEST ILLUSTRATORS WORLDWIDE
published by Luerzers Archive
2009 FANTASY ART BIBLE
published by Quarto Publishing
2009 KNOWING DARKNESS: ARTISTS INSPIRED BY STEPHEN KING
published by Centipede Press.
2008 DESIGN STARS BOULEVARD
published by Handsome Tec. Co.
2007 ILLUSTRATION: A THEORETICAL & CONTEXTUAL PERSPECTIVE
published by AVA Publishing
2007 SECRETS OF POSER EXPERTS
published by Thomson Course Technology
2004 DIGITAL ART FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
published by Harper Design International
2002 SECRETS OF AWARD WINNING DIGITAL ARTISTS
published by Wiley Publishing
2002 SHADOW MAKER: THE DIGITAL ART OF DAVID HO
published by Abaya Studios
2002 DIGITAL FANTASY PAINTING
published by Watson Guptill
1999 THE DIGITAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF DAVID HO
published by SunGood Books