WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR
David Lovegrove is a writer and illustrator with a passion for Japanese culture both traditional and contemporary and he has created manga art for Emirates Airlines and Nissan ( Dubai launch of a new direct route to Tokyo),
for Cochlear Ltd’s launch of their new N6 Bionic Ear accessories and has drawn manga characters for Daiso Ltd to launch their new store in Garden City, Brisbane.
He recently created two Ads for Qantas airlines showcasing his unique double handed art style.
David is very well known for his manga workshops around Australia in schools and libraries as well as at many Japanese festivals including for the Consulate General of Japan in Brisbane during Japan Week ( his manga workshops were voted most popular workshop for two years running).
His current major project is a three part novel entitled ‘Daruma’, a fantasy sci fi story set in the near future about a group of female ninjas, devotees of Daruma San the legendary first Patriarch of Zen in Japan.
‘Daruma’ is inspired by all of David’s interests (history, science, martial arts) but particularily by the Japanese phenomenon of Cosplay and the great traditions of Japanese traditional arts and entertainment.
Part of his research for this novel was to visit the Kyoto temple ‘Daruma Dera’ ( Shorinji) which is the main Daruma temple in Japan and which holds an incredible collection of Daruma inspired art.
David, besides being a keen manga and anime fan, is also very inspired by Jidaigeki ( period ‘Samurai’ films) especially those of the 60’s and 70’s.
In December 2016 he initiated and helped organise the visit to Sydney of famous Japanese actor Mr Koichi Ose, who played the beloved hero Shintaro of the 60’s ninja children’s TV series ‘The Samurai’, during the Japan Festival at Darling Harbour.
David is an expert in Chinese Kung Fu, an amateur Sumo referee, a student of Nihongo and a keen but beginning student of the Japanese flute Yokobue. He lives in Northern NSW with his wife and three children.