19 Woburn Drive
Cheshire WA15 8LZ
Tel/Fax 0161 980 4797
Mobile 07850 213375
Luton College of Art & Design (Barnfield) in 1975 with an LSIA in Technical
Illustration, the last 26 years has been spent developing an expertise in as
many areas of Illustration as possible (or those that make money!). The kind
gentleman from British Leyland who assessed my college work found me my first
job with VAP in Kidlington near Oxford, an agency dealing mainly with Leyland
and Rank Xerox.
1976 took me to Industrial Artists in Hitchin working, to begin with in house,
before being sent on contract to Hunting Engineering in Ampthill who persuaded
me to work for them full time in 1978 (money again!). In 1980 I started racing
cars and to fund this extra freelance work was taken on from an agent in Germany.
In 1981 I was asked to work full time, on a freelance
basis, in Wolfsburg, Germany. Good work, mainly for Volkswagen, great people
(many nationalities), long hours over short periods of time and good money,
allowing me to come back to England and race my car on a regular basis. Having
married in 1983 the "jobbing" in Germany was no longer an ideal situation, so
I took the plunge and went freelance in South Manchester, England in late 1983
and I have been that way ever since.
My early days were spent dealing mainly with Engineering Illustration but since
going freelance I have had to learn to adapt adding Graphic Design, Packaging,
Exhibitions and more recently the Internet to my portfolio. Originally artwork
was produced using the airbrush, pen, pencil and ruler but the good old Apple
Macintosh took over and unlike some others of my era I have learned to use the
mouse to extend my capabilities.
I have tried to create new artwork on the computer using
my knowledge gained by working by hand. Using Adobe Illustrator to illustrate
and Adobe Photoshop to Airbrush and retouch. Poorly produced computer generated
images can look dull and lifeless. I try to create artwork that looks similar
to that produced by hand. Not something pinched from a clip art file with no
imagination. Everything is bespoke to each client and created with an artists
view. Good quality artwork at a reasonable price.
Please browse my portfolio. I have included downloads in pdf format or jpegs
which can be printed for samples. This gives a real indication of my capabilities.