Motion Graphics Designer – Dave Jackson

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Who is Dave Jackson and what do you do?

I live in Cape Town and work at Ogilvy & Mather as a motion graphics designer in a really great, small video team. I work in AE and C4D and I do pretty much everything from title animation, logo builds colour-grading and compositing to infographic-type projects and explainer videos. When I’m at home I’m usually trying to get some illustrations done but my two Basset hounds take up a lot of my spare energy.

How would you define your style or art?

My style is a bit all over the place since my jobs usually demand that I be adaptable rather than specialised. That being said I always try and add something to a piece to try and personalise it. You have to have at least one moment in every bit of work that you’re proud of, even in the more mundane or unexciting pieces. I’m fond of vector illustration but my favourite medium is still a slightly leaky black ballpoint pen. I’m trying to paint a bit as well but it’s harder than it looks. I kind of drift between vector and photoshop’d pencil sketches.

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What inspires your work?

Animation is a lot about rhythm. A piece can look great but if it doesn’t move at the right pace it won’t feel right. So I think good animators and editors have a good relationship with music. I love music, I’m a bit of a snob actually but I’ll listen to anything that’s well made or unique.

What are you currently working on?


Right now I have about seven projects in various states of production. There is always some VW work on the go at the agency and I have a couple of nice challenging projects coming up. I usually have a few personal projects going as well though I tend to abandon things before they’re finished. If I just had a month off I could really get stuff finished.

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What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
People getting into video production now have a huge advantage because the technology is already there and it’s so advanced and user-friendly. Everyone now has a super-powerful pc at home and they can download any bit of software and get a tutorial on how to use it. I often find tutorials for a bit of mograph or simulation that I can’t remember and it’ll be a 15 year old kid explaining this stuff. So get on the internet, find tutorials for the technical bits and find some inspiration on ffffound and behance to see what people are doing globally.

Where can our readers follow your work?

Behance [http://www.behance.net/dave_jackson] is mostly my illustration and more colourful stuff.
www.davejackson.co.za is a more curated selection of my animation work
instagram [http://instagram.com/onetruedave] if you like pictures of Basset hounds

 

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