Dave Dorman is an Eisner award-winning illustrator, based in Chicago, who has been working as a professional artist since 1979. He is best known for his photo-realistic renderings of action and fantasy subjects. He has created artwork for comic, book and game publishers, including Batman for DC Comics and the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series’ for Dark Horse Comics. His work is also showcased in the Bram Stoker nominated, illustrated novel Dead Heat from MoJo Press, and a book collection of his art, Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman.
He has been associated with Star Wars for many years now and in an interview he did back in 2010 with thegeektwins.com, he talked about how that connection with Star Wars began:”I started doing Dark Horse Comics covers for Indiana Jones, and when I heard they got the Star Wars license, I asked to be cover artist and they granted me that opportunity, for which I will always be grateful. Lucasfilm really liked the work I did for Indiana Jones, and that kicked off my relationship with them. When I asked to do the Star Wars covers, there were no objections on their side.” The GeekTwins Dave Dorman Interview
Back in 2014, in a chat with Nerdgasm, he revealed how he got his start in illustration and art: “When I started, I taught myself how to paint and draw. I did go to one year at the Joe Kubert School and it was a great help to me, but after I left the school I went back home and stayed with my parents. I had a part time job and did art in the time when I wasn’t working. So it was a very solitary thing. I had the opportunity to go to a number of conventions and travel to NYC to visit publishers and get feedback and critiques about my work then go back home. I worked at home til I got to the point where I could start selling art and then make a living as an illustrator.” Nerdgasm Dave Dorman Interview
Dorman has created many of the most iconic images from the licensed characters he has drawn over here, whether that’s Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Marvel. Apparently, Star Wars creator George Lucas owns over 90 of his paintings in his own collection.
Most recently he has been involved in crowdfunding Amazing Tales of The Wasted Landswith his writing partner Mike Bawden.
Dorman continues to be one of the most in-demand and distinctive illustrators currently working in comics and illustration today. Portsmouth is proud that he is one of the show’s special guests. Portsmouth Comic Con marks the artist’s debut at a UK convention.