Dave Ashby

Hi! My name is Dave Ashby and I am a freelance 3D artist & digital designer based in Bristol (UK). I have over 20 years design experience working for all types of clients on projects of all sizes.

Outside of work, i'm most known for my AR animations on instagram and tiktok. I have grown a large following by creating weekly 3D AR animations using pop culture characters, such as Pokemon. See more of this content here.


I have a range of design skills, but my main focus is in the 3D modelling and animation industry. My background started in Graphic/Web Design and more recently shifted to Motion Design and 3D Modelling/Animation.

You may need to know my program knowledge. I know the following programs at a professional level...
Adobe Design

Basically anything Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Aftereffects and so on) as my background is print and web design.

Cinema4d 3D Animation

As for 3D, Cinema4d is my go to program, but I also know zbrush, Substance Painter, TurbulenceFD, Realflow and X-Particles.

Octane Render

For render engines, Cinema4d’s standard/physical engine and Octane are my normal day to day renderers.

Never stop learning! I’m currently trying out Redshift and Houdini.
Previous Experience


After my studies and getting my 1st class degree in Graphic Design, I started my design career as a print designer, but over time, learnt to be a web designer and motion graphics artist. I've worked for various design agencies, eventually moving my focus to digital design and more recently 3D modelling and animation as a freelancer.

Previous Experience

Liquidlizard (Freelance)
Since April 2012, I decided to go fulltime freelance to give me the time to work on my personal projects such as my clothing brand. Since then I now usually work for design agencies as a designer for hire, helping out on all kinds of design projects, and small businesses coming up with the creative direction for the project at hand .

Proctor & Stevenson
Well known design agency in Bristol who design campaigns for very large clients such as Panasonic. They create all types of media for on and offline campaigns. My role was senior web designer mostly designing websites and mobile app work.

Digital social media agency split into 3 companies (RubberRepublic, Delib, Viral Ad Network) specialising in creating campaigns for large well known clients such as Paramount and UK Councils. My role at TeamRubber was lead digital designer creating all the visual design work.

Debut Sport
Sports and leisure supplier for UK distributors such as Argos, Toys R Us, JJB Sport and Tesco. My role as senior designer was to create launch campaigns, design products and online advertisements.

The Filter
One of the first social networks that recommended music, films and web clips based on the things you watch and listen to. The company was part owned by Peter Gabriel and my role was lead designer to help build the brand and design a world class social website.

Design agency based in Bristol who created campaigns for all types of clients of different sizes. My role here switched between a print and web designer depending on the project.

Print design agency. Mostly handling local corporate projects and a monthly magazine. On occasion I built corporate websites and flash advert animations but my main role was print design on brochures, leaflets and the magazine.

London based print agency. As lead designer I designed and laid out all the printed materials for various small companies and local businesses.

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Previous Experience
My qualifications

BA (Hons) Graphic Design Degree - ‘1st Class’ 3yr (2000-2003) Swindon Art College

Btec National Diploma Graphic Design - 2yr (1998-2000) Barnfield College (Luton)

A-Level Art - 1yr (1998-2000) Barnfield College

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