My aim is always to provide elegant and intelligent images that can communicate quite complex ideas, but also create a mood of pleasantly tongue in cheek fun, whether creating a complex narrative scene or a simple piece of editorial or branding work.
Hand drawn text is the only way to get truly unique typography you know. Text design, with or without background imagery is a speciality that has grown in sophistication in my work in recent years with increased use of digital layering to create more adaptable designs. Clients include Computer Arts Magazine, One Beat Zines, Little Carousel, Teatime Vintage, many private clients and text t-shirt designs for Topman.
Birds, birds, birds, my words fly like birds, my birds fly like words.
I always seem to be drawing birds.
This is a little more the fine art arm of my work, as I’ve exhibited my bird paintings as an artist (at Webbs Gallery, Northcote Road, The Common Ground coffee shop, The Mill House, Windsor, Fragments) and also sell bird themed paintings at Artfinder, but my avian obsession of course spills over into my illustration work, both personal and commercial. Three of my illustrated books have been themed in part on birds. The original Magpies book of short stories being one, and a compilation of the ongoing series recently recommissioned What Birds are Really Thinking being another. When I designed the illustrated guide to using the internet for art teachers for the Institute of Education (Whose Afraid of The Big Bad Web), I used bird headed anthropomorphic characters. When I doodle in margins I tend to draw birds as well, often seagulls.
So, an obsession? Perhaps. A speciality? Definitely.