Dorman's parents are Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jack N. Dorman and Phyllis Dorman. Both parents are deceased. Dorman is married to award-winning TV/video producer, writer and publicist Denise (McDonald) Dorman of WriteBrain Media. He has a son, Jack, who was born in 2004.
Dorman's father Jack Dorman was renowned for his work and awards in the field of radio-controlled airplanes. Jack Dorman created historically accurate interiors for the planes and was an expert at model building. Dorman attributes his attention to detail to his father and credits both parents with giving him emotional and financial support early in his career. Together, Dorman and his father won numerous awards for their model building projects.
Dorman attended Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Maryland and The Joe Kubert School in New Jersey. Dorman also taught a week-long seminar at the art department of Savannah College of Art and Design in the mid '90s. The head of the art department at the time was Durwin Talon.
Dorman has been satisfying legions of science fiction fans worldwide for more than 20 years because of his photo-realistic and compelling style of oil painting. Dorman's Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman cocktail table art book was the top-selling art book in 1996 for Ballantine Books and became the textbook of choice for illustration courses at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He was also voted "The #1 Star Wars Artist of All Time" by Star Wars Galaxy Magazine in 1996. Star Wars creator George Lucas is a fan of Dorman's work and has purchased more than 80 of Dorman's original oil paintings, many of which are displayed at Skywalker Ranch. Dorman held a license with Lucasfilm for many years to do limited edition prints.
Dorman's own proprietary work, Wasted Lands, written by sci-fi author Del Stone Jr., is currently making the rounds in Hollywood for a film adaptation. This action/adventure film is heavily influenced by Dorman's appreciation of directors like Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Whom he met on the Alien Resurrection movie set), Akira Kurosawa and Leone, as well as writers Joe Lansdale, Stephen King and F. Paul Wilson. Dorman is in development with Hollywood actor Dan Roebuck (River's Edge, Lost, Desperate Housewives) for a fictional children's book authored by Roebuck. Dorman is also in development with Dave Elliott's Atomeka Press for a Wasted Lands publishing project.
Dorman has twice been the guest of honor at Comic-Con in San Diego. It was there that he earned the Eisner Award (the comic book industry's version of an Oscar) in 1993 for his art work on Alien: Tribes.
Dorman has been featured in interviews for the Sci Fi Channel, Turner Network Television's Southern Living Presents magazine program, and WEAR-TV in Pensacola, an ABC affiliate. Dorman is an avid supporter of Tom Roush's Pensacola Film Festival and the Baytowne Film Festival and he creates the artwork for their annual event posters.
Dorman can be found annually at his Comic-Con booth in San Diego with his contemporaries, Scott Hampton, Christopher Moeller, Ray Lago, George Pratt and John Van Fleet (known as "The Six Guns: Slingin' Lead"). Dorman also regularly attends the Chicago Con, and is often the featured guest artist at numerous Magic: The Gathering tournaments. Dorman's own company, Rolling Thunder, publishes art books, including the "Sign of Four" art collection books annually for the San Diego Comic-Con, featuring the art work of Dorman, Hampton, Moeller and Lago.
Examples of Work
Dorman is renowned for his artwork on:
Covers of Heavy Metal magazines.
Artwork in comics such as Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, G.I. Joe, Alien, Predator, Indiana Jones, King Kong and Alien vs. Predator (Including toy design for HASBRO of the Alien action figures.)
Harry Potter (Trading cards)
Magic: The Gathering (Gaming Cards)
Collections of his autographed comics sold in 2004 and 2005 on QVC.
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