I’m a graphic designer and illustrator, specialized in the music Industry, with several years of experience behind me —in one way or another I have linked «lifelong learning» to the creative and artistic atmosphere because of my family1 that I owe all of who I am —, working for graphic arts companies in advertising and design, specialized in layout, editing of magazines and books with customers such as CHANEL. A big part of my life was also dedicated to the publishing world, in a printing press and editorial company, controlling the entire production process, going through the layout, design of books and magazines, covers, imposing pages until the final finish, hand in hand with the editor and operators on printer machines (digital and Offset).
I’m studied Computer Engineering at the Complutense University of Madrid and “Camera and Film Lighting” at Septima Ars School, where acquired specific skills to create and to lead projects websites with content management system (Joomla and WordPress) for well-known brands, to establish online marketing strategies, web and social networks, and to work as a Digital Smile Designer —I was in charge with the marketing and overall image of the clinic (designs, branding, publicity, web, networking, photography, recording and editing of professional videos)— in a globally leading Dental company. I have also taken the whole marketing campaign (vinyls, exhibitors, canvas, web, networks, photography, edition and videos) for one of the most important European STAR WARS exhibitions and I have created portfolios, logos, corporative images and websites for different companies for many years2.
In the last decade I’ve been working for hard-rock and heavy metal bands3, doing album artworks, booklets, branding, social media, merchandising, tour posters, layouts, stage sets, animation and motion graphics for live-action footage and the complete design of the product (It includes all digital, visual and print music marketing and graphic design assignments). And I have to say that I’m extremely proud to have created and designed with Carlos V. Leon the spectacular bible «Hellbook. The History of Helloween»4 by the great german band Helloween. Work that partly motivated the union of all its components5, and encouraged to co-direct artistically the praised Pumpkins United International Tour6.
I’m currently working, together with the journalist Miguel de Lys, on a very special “masterpiece” for History-Mythology and Rock-Metal lovers. Running my own online retail business Culters.store7 —I have published my own artbook «Viada. El Camino del Guerrero» with the designs/illustrations of the store including some thoughts and writings on mythology, history, paganism, occultism, sapiential traditions, Sophia Perennis and postmodernity— and creating the animation / motion graphics (3D) for the Helloween’s United Forces Tour 2022-2023.
Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Final Cut, After Effects, Cinema 4D, ZBrush, Toon Boom Animation, CMS (Joomla, WordPress, Prestashop), CSS, Html, handmade…
1 I come from a family of artists that have definitely influenced me: My father as a sculptor and especially my mother in her facet of artistic multitasking at home, have always transmitted the world of art&crafts. His brother Julián, a painter closely linked to the world of fantasy and psychedelia, who unfortunately died young, showed me the way to dreamlike, surrealistic, exciting, fantastic and mythological worlds, where those could appear whenever you wanted them to be there. He left an indelible memory. From that artistic family they always brought us stories of my great-grandfather Julián Gómez de Lope, that was a writer, poet, bohemian and libertine who wrote in the well-known satirical and literary magazine FLIRT, with significant Spanish authors at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His articles appeared in newspapers and magazines (ABC, Blanco y Negro, Tribuna, Libertad, Mundial…), some were sonnets («Siluetas») of the politicians of that time and others were beautiful cuplés like the ones he composed for the famous actress and singer, Raquel Meller —considered one of the best known Spanish outside our borders, immortalized and painted by Sorolla, she alternated with very important personalities, including her affairs with Chaplin or the king of Spain Alfonso XIII—, with whom, additionally, my great-grandfather corresponded.
2 Have a look and check my old PORTFOLIO (Spanish version): https://bit.ly/3nUqdPV
Check my PORTFOLIO with Easy Rabbit: https://bit.ly/3nbphpr
To check my videos in the dental clinic: https://davidmallo.com/videos
3 Some of my designs can be seen in some bands like HELLOWEEN, GOTTHARD, TESTAMENT, ALICE COOPER, CANDLEMASS, LOVEBITES, LOVEKILLERS FEAT TONY HARNELL, PRIDE OF LION (JIM PETERIK & TOBY HITCHCOCK), LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEGIA (JOAQUÍN PADILLA PROJECT), REVOLUTION SAINTS, WAITING FOR MONDAY, FIND ME or LUNAGE (MIGUEL DE LYS PROJECT).
4 MARKUS GROSSPKOPF talking about the Hellbook: https://fb.watch/1-Esex7Yqp/
5 MARKUS GROSSPKOPF explain how the idea of Pumpkins United came out: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMalloGraphicDesigner/videos/1232713630197596
HELLOWEEN – publish HELLBOOK for their 30th anniversary: https://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/news/details/4074034.70954.helloween-publish-hellbook.html
6 ANDI DERIS and MICHEL KISKE about the content (motion graphics, videos, FX…) of the LED wall: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMalloGraphicDesigner/videos/1843677635767856
HELLOWEEN: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of ‘Pumpkins United’ Concert: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/helloween-fan-filmed-video-footage-of-pumpkins-united-concert-in-tilburg/
Reference in the WHIPLASH digital Magazine about art and Audiovisual quality on screen: https://bit.ly/2L2QXQr
7 Interview Culters.Store (Spanish version): https://culters.store/es/blog/news/entrevista-elena-coco-y-david-mallo-fundadores-de-culters
JOAQUÍN PADILLA talk about Culters.Store: https://youtu.be/Dtyk47hpmOs
Web Culters Store: https://culters.store
Old catalogue Culters Store: https://bit.ly/3pKAGyL
8 Reference in EL MUNDO DEL METAL, a dossier about the «art» of David Mallo: https://elmundodelmetal.art.blog/2021/01/09/t-h-e-a-r-t-o-f-d-av-i-d-m-a-l-l-o/