|How I work...
For most jobs I will provide a few rough sketches from the brief. The more detailed this is the better, but if there is no real concept to begin with, then rough sketches can get things started.
For artwork I tend to draw by hand and scan artwork into the computer for any tweaking and digital manipulation. More technical graphics may be created directly onto screen.
Finished artwork is usually supplied via DropBox, or can be sent through another online file service in a variety of formats. The focus of my job is to give you a finished piece of work you will be very happy with!
As a child I would spend most of my spare time lying on the floor drawing and always knew this would be my job when I grew up. While I'm still waiting to grow up properly, I have now been a full-time freelance illustrator and designer since 2002, though previous employments also utilised my drawing, designing and computer abilities.
A fair amount of my spare time is spent writing and drawing (particularly on my adventure comic, The Adventures of Julius Chancer - winner of a 2013 British Comic Award), and when not doing that I research and collect on the Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880 (for which I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Making History as their 'expert'), and practice yoga, karate, bass guitar and banjo (though not usually all at the same time).
I live in West Sussex, England, and work from my home studio, where my wife (a magazine editor) and two children can keep an eye on me.
Some of my clients...
Lloyds of London Press
National Childminding Association (NCMA)
National Union of Teachers (NUT)
David Fickling Books
Josef Weinberger Ltd
The Child of Achievement Awards
Posturite UK Ltd
The Phoenix Comic
Forbidden Planet International
The June Easther School of Theatre & Dance
Totally Original T-Shirts Ltd
Blank Slate Books
Cosmic Hobo Productions
Heatherly Cheshire Homes
Blue Comet Press
The National Archives
The Royal College of Nursing
Ace Theatre Company
The Vitiligo Society