I’m Morgan Davidson, a Florida based illustrator with my BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. I grew up in Southwest Florida and have always had a strong passion for drawing and an artistic career from a young age. Through my years at Ringling I began to take my interest in nature and fashion and enthusiasm for portraiture and formed a body of work portrayed through vibrant color and rich detail. My passion is being a freelance artist, helping companies and individuals make their creative ideas come to life.
Award of Excellence (Communication Arts Illustration Annual), Presidents Award (Ringling College of Art and Design), Atha Tehon-Thiras Scholarship (Society of Illustrators), Best of Juniors Award (Ringling College of Art and Design, Best of Ringling Exhibition), Gold ADDY (Suncoast Ad Fed American Advertising Awards Gala), Jade N. Riedel scholarship (Von Liebig Art Center), Presidents List/Honors (Ringling College of Art and Design/ 2010-2014), Society of Illustrators Student Exhibition (Society of Illustrators 2013, 2014, 2015), Best of Ringling Exhibition (Ringling College of Art and Design 2011-2014).
CONTXT magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Communication Arts Illustration Annual 55, Daily Mail (UK), The CHIVE, Imgur, Reddit, Design Taxi, St. Pete Times, Ink & Arrows Magazine, Fort Myers News-Press, Visual News Online, Adobe Creative Cloud, Modern Art Talk, CULTURE N LIFESTYLE, 123 Inspiration.
My work is mostly drawn in colored pencil, a medium I started working with when I was a child. I’ve always been drawn to it’s precise nature and how easily you can create a wide range of textures. I also love mixing other mediums with my colored pencils, using bases such as watercolor, marker, oil rub or pan pastel and layering media on top like gouache, gel pen or acrylic. The possibilities are endless!
Aside from my traditional work, I also like to work digitally in Photoshop with editing and painting and Illustrator and InDesign with designs, layouts and typography. I was very fortunate to get thorough training in many different traditional and digital mediums in college.
I’ve been influenced by a childhood spent exploring the woods and making the most of the nature around me, building tree forts and collecting eggs from my pet chickens. When I stepped outside, that’s when the real adventures started. I try to reflect that childlike state of wonder and fascination with the outdoors in my personal work. I’m also greatly inspired by color and the power it can hold over an image. Depending on what colors you use and how you use them it can tell a completely different story, painting a specific emotion, environment or moment in time.
A lot inspires my work specifically but the main thing that inspires me as an artist is waking up every morning knowing I’m going to be doing what I love all day, working with amazing people, creating and collaborating, that’s the most inspiring thing of all.