David K. Stanley is an illustrator serving editorial, advertising, and institutional clients both at home and abroad. In addition to the U.S., David's work has taken him to five different countries, drawing for esteemed clients such as GE, Coca-Cola, Disney, Gap, Mars, Baldwin Richardson, Lowes Foods, Hanes Brands, Freisland Campina, Prophet, Leo Burnett, and many others.

At East Carolina University, David majored in communication art with a concentration in illustration. After a decade or so working in the industry he furthered his education with two summers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Illustration Academy. But his most relevant and adventurous education has come through working for over a quarter century on countless interesting projects for so many terrific clients. He loves bringing ideas to life, whether it's with a stylus, brush, or purple crayon. Whether its for an innovation workshop at a Fortune 500 company or an editorial illustration for a compelling magazine story, he has found a terrific application of his gift and passion.

A selection of honors include national recognition with the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, Graphic Design USA, and the International Society of Caricature Artists, as well as receiving several local awards. David has also taught drawing in both corporate and university settings such as GE's Management Development Institute in Crotonville, NY and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He loves to work with students to help them develop their skills of drawing and observation.

His incredible wife and three stupendous children can attest that he consumes obscene amounts of coffee, escapes outdoors with them whenever possible, and can hardly be separated from his sketchbook. As his mom has been known to say, "He's been drawing since he was able to hold a pencil".

Awards & Honors

  • 2001 2nd Place - "World's Fastest Caricaturist" International Society of Caricature Artists - Atlanta, GA
  • 2002 5th Place - "Caricaturist of the Year" International Society of Caricature Artists - Las Vegas, NV
  • 2003 1st Place - "Caricature of the Year" International Society of Caricature Artists - Orlando, FL
  • 2004 Honorable Mention - The Marshall Gallery, Greensboro, NC "The Figure"
  • 2005 Honorable Mention - North Carolina Society of Illustrators, Greensboro, NC "Play Ball"
  • 2005 1st Place, North Carolina Society of Illustrators, Greensboro, NC "Play Ball"
  • 2006 Society of Illustrators New York (48) Book and Advertising
  • 2006 Society of Illustrators New York (48) Editorial
  • 2007 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (45) Book and Advertising
  • 2007 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (45) Editorial
  • 2010 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (48) Institutional/Advertising
  • 2013 Honorable Mention - Theatre Art Galleries of High Point, NC "The Bicycle, Art Meets Form"
  • 2013 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (51) Editorial
  • 2014 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (52) Editorial
  • 2017 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (56) Editorial