David Hankinson
Senior Photo Retoucher

I've always been a visual person with a passion for drawing and photographing creative beautiful images. Commercial arts seemed to be the best career choice for my interests. After finishing schooling and college I put my talents to work in the printing industry, working in all the different departments and gaining knowledge of each. I set my sites on the pre-press department working with all forms of imagery on camera, scanners, high-end sigmagraphs, Mac computers and compiling all into page layouts for printing on press. One of my biggest responsibilities was to make sure all jobs on press were running as well as matching the client's proofs exactly. After many years of working with the top printers in northeast Ohio, I got a call from the Reuben Group Studios to take a look at what they were doing with commercial photography in downtown Cleveland and if I was interested in joining their great team. The rest is history.

Fun Fact

Goes to Teresa’s pizza every Wednesday, gets a small cheese pizza and 6 extra crispy, well-done hot wings, and eats them while watching Survivor. He never has to leave his name - they know who it is when he calls.

Favorite Cleveland Hangout

I have quite a few favorite hangouts. You can most often find me at any of these amazing places. Porco Lounge & Tiki RoomGreat Lakes Brewing CompanyCrop Bistro & BarStrip Steakhouse Town Hall, Vieng’s Asian Bistro, 91 Wood Fired Oven, Gervasi Vineyard and Crush House, The Barrel Room

Favorite Project You've Worked On

This particular project was a nice challenge to see how far I could push this CGI image into the real world of photography. My fist step was to introduce new lighting techniques that would give the product dimension and shape. The next step was to add all the scuffs, dents, scratches and steel texture lines that make the product feel more real and not so perfect. My finished look is to show a gun that was used for many years and then was cut in half. Everyone was amazed at the results.

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