I'm a freelance illustrator and designer based in Scarborough, up on the cold and windy North East Coast, where I live with my wife and three kids. I studied fine art at University, and that totally put me off anything art or design related, before I rediscovered my love of illustration and graphic design years later. I'm lucky in that I get to do quite a bit of illustration in my day-job, though the dream is to be able to move to doing illustration full-time.
The majority of my work is character-based vector illustration, but I also enjoy lettering, making maps, creating logos and brands, and experimenting with new software and illustration techniques. I have a particular interest in animation and children's picture books/publishing. When I'm not at work, illustrating or spending time with the kids I'm not sure what I like to do, as that's not something that happens very often.
Hands down Darth. I enjoyed Last Jedi, but compared to Vader, Kylo just came off like a grumpy teenager. And his mask is pretty rubbish. But Vader, with the mask, and the breathing, and the hand-grippy thing… pure evil.
Fish and Chips or a great big salad?
Fish and chips. With mushy peas, a slice of bread and butter and a cup of tea (or Dandelion and Burdock). Although, I prefer the idea of fish and chips to actually eating them.
Beer or Wine?
Beer! I'll drink a wine, but they mostly taste the samej to me. I'm a big fan of what I'm going to call nice beer. The stuff that comes in bottles and cans with lovely typography and illustration, brewed in a kettle in someone's shed, to be drunk with sophisticated meals and extravagant cheeses.
Middle of Nowhere or City Centre?
I kind of live in the middle of nowhere now, and I really enjoy being near the sea and the moors, but before that I used to live in Sheffield and I really liked living there too. I do miss it a bit and would love to go back at some point. So if anyone from Sheffield is reading this and is looking to hire an illustrator/designer…
Pen and Ink or Pixels?
Vectors. Or all of the above. I used to love drawing with a good old dip pen and ink, but since starting to work with computers I find the lack of an Undo function a bit daunting. My first foray into digital art was with Photoshop, but as soon as I discovered Illustrator, that was it. Hooked on vectors. And nowadays I try not to limit myself to any particular software or way of working, I'll throw anything in there – vectors, photo textures, pixel brushes, scans.