Based in the once heavily industrialised Black Country area of the West Midlands, Central England (thought by some to have been the inspiration for Mordor in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings), I've been active as a professional since school-leaving age, thanks largely to a now obsolete on-the-job Government initiative known as the Youth Training Scheme (YTS). Controversial and often criticised both politically and socially for being prone to exploitation, the scheme nonetheless provided me with a platform from which to launch my career and I've been producing artwork for many well-known organisations and private clients ever since.
Though not necessary for a career as an illustrator, I also have a degree with honours in visual communication, specialising in illustration. For me, achieving the qualification was about realising a long-standing personal goal rather than career advancement.
For as long as I can remember, I've been enthralled by science-fiction and fantasy art. Artists whose work I admire include Jim Burns, Simon Bisley, Ron Embleton, and Brian Froud. British comics and graphic novels have also been an important part of my life, with The Beano and 2000 AD firm favourites to this day.
As with my art, I aim to be an open, honest, and passionate blogger, providing an overview on some of my work-in-progress (if permissible), focus on tools, materials, techniques and processes used, and musings on industry-related trends and developments. Blog content will be aimed towards admirers of my work, wannabe and fellow illustrators, potential clients such as art directors, editors, writers, marketing executives and creative agency representatives, and everyone in-between.
Friendly and approachable, I welcome your comments. I'm also happy to answer questions via my website's contact form.