About monkeyworks

My Studio

Thanks for visiting my blog.
This blog is the home to my sketches, works in progress and projects.


  1. Hi,

    I’m mehmet. I live in Turkey. I saw your works at this site (http://www.bildirgec.org/yazi/arac-tool-simge-paketi) and i love them!

    I was looking for an icon set like your “tool icons”.

    I’m trying to use them on my phone (SE P1i) but i couldnt make it. It needs .mbm file format or something else :(

    Can you please make icon set like that for cellular phones? I will be REALLY REALLY glad to you =) Because there is too less icon sets for uiq3 phones..

    Thank you very much!

    Have a nice day =)

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

  3. invincible pioneer says:

    Everything here is just azzy! Looking forward to seeing what you draw next!

  4. invincible pioneer says:

    I meant everything is just “jazzy” ! Went to art school and never got typing down! HAHA!

  5. Littleskew says:

    Hi, you have a great talent… just had to let you know that; I find your work inspiring

  6. thanks Littleskew!

  7. Love your pics shame your shop isn’t working do you do commissions?

  8. Thanks anna, Yes I do commissions.

  9. WoW, you’re incredibly talented!!! Awesome work!

  10. Amazing work dude!

  11. thanks

  12. Jeppe Udesen says:

    Hi Dave,

    Just wanted to say you got some awesome work.
    Really enjoyed watching your sketches. Keep up the great work man, can’t wait for more.

  13. Hi Dave! love your work! just curious…are you using pastels for these illustrations? whats the medium? love the textures!

  14. Hey dave I nominated you for the versatile blogger award at http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/ because I really enjoy your blog.

  15. awesome, Thank You!

  16. Sonia Primerano says:

    Hello Mr Dave Mott!
    I just wanted to let you know that I adore your work and have written and exposed some of your art on my blog! : )

  17. Thank you so much Sonia!

  18. hey.. im an art student and im really liking your work…. i would like to know more about you, like how you got started and who inspired you….and the meanings behind some of them :)

    • Hi Jade, I started when I was young, like most kids. Started by wanting to draw comic books and cartoons when I was a kid. I wanted to be an artist so bad when I was a kid, I would draw ALL the time, I mean obsessively. I really started out as a designer, but I always wanted to be an illustrator.

      I draw animals because they’re honest. It’s possible to give traits to animals because they are so honest and they are kind of like blank canvases. I’m inspired by artists like Jon Klassen, Peter De Seve, Bill Mayer, Salvador Dali, and so many more. I hope this answered your question, thanks for visiting the blog and thanks for asking.

  19. really cool stuff dave!!!
    you have a great style!

  20. MakeSomethingMondays says:

    I have been given The Kreativ Blogger Award and I am happy to be passing it on to you! Visit my post for direction :-) http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/the-kreativ-blogger-award/

  21. Great Blog. I am really loving your sketches… oh! and the Tikis!

  22. hi, i received the versatile blog award and i nomited you, look my post to see more details http://leonidasvillegas.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/the-versatile-blog-award/
    see you!

  23. so cool,
    I’m from Indonesia, I think this blog is awesome.
    I love all of your sketch.

  24. Just letting you know I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award :D Heres a link to the post if you’re interested:


    Keep up the awesome work on your blog!

  25. Dave, great stuff! Excellent techniques and executions, can’t wait to see what you do next.

  26. Just letting you know I’ve passed the One Lovely Blog award on to you! You deserve it! Here’s the post:


  27. Hello, Dave. It’s a pleasure to inform you that you’ve been nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Here’s the link: http://thesofisworld.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/my-first-nomination-one-lovely-blog-award/
    Super smuack!!!

  28. Hey there, I’ve nominated you for a ‘One Lovely Blog Award!’ Please visit http://vonbandersnatch.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/isnt-that-lovely/ for more details…

  29. Hi, I’m Reham, and i just want to say that I love your illustrations and think they are amazing. I am an art student and we have a project that includes imitating an art piece from your favourite artist and writing a biography about them and I decided to chose you as my favourite artist. The problem is that I can’t find much information about you to wirt in my biography and I was wondering if you could help me out?

    • Hi Reham, I added a section to the right side of the blog for Interviews I’ve done, that should have a lot of the information you may need. Thank you for choosing me!

  30. I just started following you yesterday, and I must say you’ve got some very inspirational stuff here, very well done! Keep up the good work my friend!

  31. It’s I very big pleasure to announce you that I nominated you for the Very inspiring blogger award.


  32. coffeeantics says:

    I think you are crazy talented and your illustrations are simply amazing! I wanted you to know that I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award(:
    Come check it out at http://coffeeantics.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/123/.
    Keep up with the amazing stuff!
    Anna Garcia

  33. Hey mate, big fan. What software and hardware do you use? Are you on a wacom Tablet? If so which one and why? I ask, as my wife is an illustrator and I’m looking to buy her a present. Any help would be appreciated.

  34. Alexandru Preda says:

    Hi, I have been wondering threw your site for I don’t know how much time now, it must be hours. I just wanted to tell you something before I exit. All your drawings are awesome! Especially the Star Wars ones. My Favourite is: http://monkeyworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/leiachewie.jpg?w=567&h=765
    Looking foreword to your future work.

  35. Impressive pencil works! Will definitely follow your next posts!

  36. I love your works! I’ve just started seriously drawing, and am looking for inspiration. So you only use a tablet, photoshop, and pencils for your works? Thanks!

  37. Hi!!
    I was just curious, since your works are so unique and interesting, has anyone ever asked permission to get them as tattoos before? They’re all so uniquely lovely!

  38. Hi,

    I would just like to let you know that I nominated you for ‘The One Lovely Blog Award + The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!’ (Details of which can be found in this post: http://gegallas.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/the-one-lovely-blog-award-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/)!

    Your work is beautiful and I feel very inspired by the level of skill that you demonstrate. I especially adore your recent Totoro sketch! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!


  39. LOVE your work… So very talented, such whimsy. :)

  40. Your illustrations are definitely quirky and comical in design. The detail and precision show a professional quality and as an aspiring comic book illustrator, I find your work to be an inspiration, even though I’ve only recently found you. I will enjoy reading your posts from my subscriptions.

  41. samantha rogers says:


    I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it work! I’d love you to do a sketch of my daughter, she has massive brown eyes and eye lashes and I think judging by your other work she would suit your style! Let me know if this is a possibility and prices.

    Kind regards,

    Samantha x

  42. Amazing sketches of animals and your illustrations are simply amazing. I just go through your whole blog and find it very interesting. Must say you are very creative in your work. I am also a artist and find your work just close to perfect. keep the spirits high. You will achieve something very big:)

  43. eldinsmille says:

    I wanna too say that you´re really good!

  44. Nice work

  45. Hey Dave,
    my Name is Klaas, I’m a student from Germany and an amateur wakeboard.
    Right now I got chance to creaate/design my own unique board and would like to use
    one of your illustration (DonkeyKong from 2008) for that. There will be no comercial use!
    I didn’t find any other way to get in contact with you, because the “CONTACT”-Button doesn’t work ;)
    Please contact me under k.j.8@hotmail.com

    Kind regards,

    Klaas Jabben

  46. Hey’a! I found you’re art through WordPress, and thought it was worth a shot. Man, oh man, was I surprised. I love your artwork. You truly know how to use your skill well. As an aspiring artist myself I love to snoop around and stare at pictures for hours on end so I hope you don’t mind. So if you see me leaving comments and likes randomly around you’ll know kind of why…
    So just thought I’d warn you.


  47. I love your caffeinated owls picture :)

  48. Hai ((o(≧▽≦)o))
    I really love your drawing, nice work looking forward to see more (ヘ。ヘ)

  49. Love your sketches and illustrations! Dave

  50. Hi! What programs do you use? Manga Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator? I am a senior graphic design and illustration student, and I find your work very inspiring. :)

  51. Just wanted to drop you a note, saying that your stuff is so lovely, I can’t help but being inspired by the great shapes, beautiful colour schemes and charm of your artworks! Thanks for sharing!

  52. Hey your drawings are seriously awesome! I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award http://davidzerba.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/dragons-loyalty-award/ because you are such an inspiration

  53. Hi Dave. Love your work. Do you work full time at DuckDuckMoose, or just work with them as a freelance artists?

  54. Amazing artwork. I love it!


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