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Work experience

Oct 2009Present

Freelance Illustrator

Dave Mowder Illustrations

Freelance Illustrations for the publishing industry.  Illustrations for cover designs and book layout and design. Children books are a focus but not limited to. Specializes in licensed characters and originally designed characters for any platform.   Also welcomes humorous advertising, game design and layout, product and corporate identity.  Personal caricatures for private and corporate awards and celebrations. 

Feb 2011Present


Multimedia Games

Create an atmosphere and look for an enjoyable slot machine experience.  From Logo Design, symbol design and animation to Bonus sequences.  Hundred of pieces of art and animation are put together for the players enjoyable experience.

Dec 2000Oct 2009


Hallmark Cards

Using a vast stable of licensed characters unlike no other, primarily designed and illustrated compelling products for greeting cards, plush and ornaments. Illustrated the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbara, Disney, Pixar, Peanuts, Garfield, ESPN, Major League Baseball and an incredible list of others. Participate in countless brainstorm sessions and workshops to develop new innovative technologies that may be incorporated for future products.

Apr 1997Dec 2000


Beachcomber Studio

We were an in-house (literally) design and illustration studio. Concentrating on Warner Bros. Looney Tunes. We did work for McGraw Hill, Infogrammes, USPS to name a few. Concentrated mostly on the Publishing Industry.

Mar 1995Apr 1997

Senior Illustrator

Landoll Publishing

Publisher of Fine Childrens Books. The company became a major player in the world of childrens color and activity books. Held the licence for many characters such as the Looney Tunes, Garfield, Jim Henson's Muppets, Alvin and the Chipmunks and many more. I illustrated storybooks, coloring and activity books, puzzles and engineered and illustrated pop-up books.


Professional interests are Children Storybooks.  Illustrating humorous characters and situations.  Storytelling is a strong suit.

Personal interests is, first and foremost, my family.  Hobbies are Plein Aire Oil Painting, golf, softball/baseball, camping/fishing and traveling.


Experienced in illustrating licensed and original characters for a variety of publishing houses, designing and creating products from educational books to Christmas Ornaments. Possess the ability to illustrate a wide range of characters, both licensed and original, staying true to their personalities; keeping them on model in any pose and situation, in any environment and costume. As well as character turnaround and background layout design.

More portfolio samples available upon request.  (PDF)

Portfolio Samples

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Tim Bodendistel (Superior) Consulting DesignerHallmark Cards

David is an outstanding creative partner both as a very talented designer an illustrator but also as an innovator. As a designer David has a wonderful gift for storytelling, he is able to truly understand his consumer and develop a concept that builds on and supports the emotional connections that are so important to our product. David is one on the finest character artist I have ever known. He has a true gift for bringing a character to life and has taken the time to mentor others in character animation. Innovation is key to our business and David is a valued and key contributor to any brainstorm both developing new ideas and building on existing concepts. David brings experience and a great collaborative style to any team he joins.” October 7, 2009

Bob Ferron (Superior) Art DirectorHallmark Cards

“I have worked on a number of projects over the years with David. To each of these initiatives he brought passion, energy and unique point of view. Whether his role was concept development or design execution, without fail, David very capably delivered. I would pull David in, without reservation, on any project requiring the skills of knowledgeable properties artist and illustrator.” October 13, 2009

Keith Shepherd (Peer) Designer3Hallmark cards

“Dave Mowder for my money is simply the BEST at what he does. A brilliant licensed character designer and master of contemporary caricature. While confident of his abilities he's humble as they come. Now I know I can hold my own but one peek over Dave's shoulders would have me scrambling for my old Walt Fosters! He's a awesome talent,good man and great friend.” May 24, 2008

Awards and Honors

2007 Reuben Award for Best Greeting Card Cartoonist,

by The National Cartoonist Society in New Orleans, LA.

2009 Walt Disney's Dreaming Tree and planted a redwood tree

on his boyhood farm.  Presented by Toonfest in Marceline, MO.

Chance of a Lifetime:

January 2010-Along with 8 other cartoonist volunteered and visited Brooke Medical Center and Center for the Intrepid (San Antonio, TX). Collectively we visited wounded US soldiers.  We drew cartoons for them in hopes to lift their spirits and morale.  This trip was sponsored by the USO and National Cartoonist Society.

April 2010- Part of a 9 cartoonist invasion, we volunteered our time, and abilities to visit wounded soldiers bedside or in rehab in the Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers.  We then travelled to Landstuhl Germany to visit the US Military Hospital and Ramstein Airbase and Vogelweh. This opportunity was also sponsored by the USO and NCS.

On October 7, 2010 I volunteered my abilities and patriotism to visit our wounded soldiers in Bethesda, Walter Reed, Kuwait and Iraq.  When I was in Washington D.C., I spent time bedside talking and drawing their favorite cartoons for our wounded warriors and their visiting families.  In Iraq and Kuwait, I visited our soldiers in Basrah, Talil, Balad and Baghdad.  This opportunity was also sponsored by the USO and the NCS


Adobe After Effects
Original Character Design
Most famous original character design is currently being used for A-1 General Insurance.  
Licensed Character Illustrations
Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Disney, Pixar, Garfield, Peanuts, The Simpsons, ESPN, Major League Baseball, American Girl.
Illustrator CS6
Photoshop CS6



The University of Akron

Kent State University

Buchtel High School