My professional, full time freelance career as a book illustrator began when I tunneled out of Harrow College Illustration course (UK) in 1982. Fortune had already smiled on me inasmuchas I had acquired an agent before the three year course began, and we had a great working relationship up to his untimely death in 2009. Now a delightful agency called Beehive drive work my way.
The first twenty years or so were taken up with a predominance of watercolour and line work, to deliver my figure based imagery, the majority being for children's publishing. I tend to work totally out of my head for the figure work, although reference has of necessity to play a part for props and settings. Leapt for digital before I was pushed around the Millennium, as I could see the way the industry was headed in terms of demands on the illustrator.
My original favourite software Painter has now given way to an equal balance of ArtRage and Sketchbook Pro, both of which I prefer for their user friendliness.
Claims to fame?
Won a Smarties book prize for my work on Firework Maker's Daughter (Philip Pullman book) back in the day.
Was lucky enough to have an animation background dept credit on the feature film 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' - even further back in the day.
I remain UK based, working from a small, home studio setting in Gloucester. A long suffering wife and two deranged dogs keep me on my toes.