Slaying Goliath with one design at a time

Run The World Instabition

He’s drawn some of our favorite South African women, including writer Panashe Chigumadzi and budding creative Tony Gum, and after his Run the World exhibition, dedicated to go-getting women, and of which prints were sold for charity, it’s hard not to pay attention to David, who’s just as vibrant as his art.At 28, David has his own design company, was nominated at the 2015 Bookmarks Awards in the Best Young Gun category, was chosen as an Emerging Creative at Design Indaba, and was featured on the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans list in 2016. And still continues to inspire many with his craft.


For David, his illustration journey started in preschool and he hasn’t stopped since then.

Hey David, can you start by giving us a brief introduction about yourself?

I’m a designer and illustrator who’s slowly transitioning into being a business owner and entrepreneur in the field of design. I’m very chilled and I enjoying observing the world around me while being surrounded by like-minded individuals


When did you start making art/doing illustrations? How has the journey been?

I literally started in creche, along with many other kid. The only difference is, I never stopped. My journey has been amazing, I’m always learning and I love sharing my work and also making money from it.


It’s a powerful name that references and story that’s equally as mighty. How did the name Slaying Goliathcome about, as revealed on your Instagram account?

The name is derived from the Biblical story where David (my name) slayed Goliath. At the very core, I’m spiritual and I guess the deeper meaning in that is me overcoming obstacles that are bigger than me in life.


Ayanda Mabulu’s painting titled We Are Being Molested, depicting South Africa President Jacob Zuma naked and engaging in a grotesque act. It left many questioning what “art” is and if there are any boundaries in the art world. What is “art” to you?

Art is self-expression with the intent to evoke some kind of emotion. It can be used to insult, to spark a revolution, to provide comic relief or just to have fun.

The name is derived from the Biblical story where David (my name) slayed Goliath. At the very core, I’m spiritual and I guess the deeper meaning in that is me overcoming obstacles that are bigger than me in life.


Ayanda Mabulu’s painting titled We Are Being Molested, depicting South Africa President Jacob Zuma naked and engaging in a grotesque act. It left many questioning what “art” is and if there are any boundaries in the art world. What is “art” to you?

Art is self-expression with the intent to evoke some kind of emotion. It can be used to insult, to spark a revolution, to provide comic relief or just to have fun.

Relating art to identity, what about your art speaks most to who you are?

The vibrant pop colours. I hate boring deep stuff. I have to appreciate how people express themselves but I’m not crazy about boring art, no matter how pretty. I love fun narratives that celebrate the human spirit.


How can an aspiring artist make a living/career out of a creative alternative like you have? What are some of the perks and challenges related to what you do?

You have to network and associate yourself with people who are where you want to be. Ask for advice, stalk your idols and just keep sharpening your skill. Use your work to find a employed or do your own stuff. Some of the perks include freebies from cool brands in addition to doing work for them and just free ticket to shows (he laughs).


Can you please tell us more about your projects Run the Worldand why you chose to focus on women?

August is Women’s month and I wanted to do something meaningful while sharing my work in a series, also loved sharing real stories of awesome women who inspire me.


Who and what inspires your art?

You inspire me, everyone does. I might take something from this interview that inspires me to create something. The world is one big mood board for the work that I do.


Who else on this would you recommend other young South Africans, and young Africans, know about?


Thank you. Trevor Stuurman, Donald Nxumalo & Inga Gubeka.David has the world on his feet and we looking forward to seeing what else he has up his sleeve and what he has in store for the design industry.


This article was originally published on Dynamic Africa.