For the last 27 years I have worked as a graphic designer, starting out in 1990 after graduating from Loughborough College of Art and Design. At college illustration featured heavily in all my work and I would ideally have gone straight into an illustration job, but needs must and I became a junior designer at a large Midlands design consultancy. It was pre-computers we all had drawing boards and visualised everything traditionally, using gouache, the dreaded magic maker, colour paper and paint, I loved it and seemed I was quite good at it. So a successful career in design developed.
In the past ten years I have specialised predominantly in packaging and branding, two areas where my skill as an illustrator has been a great asset. Through the connections I built up over these years, I was always being asked to illustrate for old colleagues — so much so that I felt it was time to highlight my illustration work.
Most of my personal work has similar themes running through it. I am inspired by the illustration styles of the 1940’s and 50’s, and the work of Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Robert Stewart, Olle Eksell and John Piper. At this time, before computers, illustrators had to know how their work would be reproduced and work within those limitations. This resulted in beautiful pieces of art..
Another great source of influence has come from the illustrations found in children’s books. Reading to my children has introduced me to brilliant artists, like Korky Paul, Eric Carle and Tony Ross. My all-time favourite children’s illustrator is Quentin Blake. I am enthralled by the way he captures people, the style of their clothing and their facial expressions. He draws with great style, humour and wit — characteristics I try to capture in my own work. I too would love the opportunity to create characters for children’s books. So, if any publishers happen to read this, just drop me a line!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and view my portfolio, and if you like anything, please get in touch.