I’m a Freelance Illustrator living in West Yorkshire, England. With a career spanning 20 years I’ve been fortunate enough to have created work for the likes of Egmont, Sony, Microsoft, Mattel, the BBC, Channel 4, Yamaha as well as creating covers for many great novels.
I love everything Fantasy & Sci-fi. I draw 24/7 but I love to sculpt when I get the chance and listen to audiobooks while I work.
I’m a firm believer that all illustrations should tell a good story. Especially when those illustrations adorn books or help expand on concept for game – An image has to be able to stand out and entice its audience in and that’s what adding story elements do. The best images are ones that encourage the viewers to read into and embellish the story.
I also have a solid background in advertising (having worked as an Art Director & Creative Director) it gives me the ability to look at a piece of art as a marketing tool rather than just the ‘pretty picture’. Understanding the finer details of a client’s needs and really helping to connect with their audiences. Understanding the goals that a piece of artwork needs to achieve is very important and many people seem to overlook this. Luckily I find that this combination of two skills is very handy on a day-to-day basis.
I work in Corel Painter & Adobe Photoshop with my trusty Wacom Cintiq 27QHD for the majority of my art. I’m also a huge fan of the Microsoft Surface Book which I use with the Sketchable App. I also use Adobe Illustrator to create some illustration work and still love to draw traditionally in life-drawing classes.
If I’m not painting, then I’m keeping up-to-date with social media stuff BUT I do love to Beta-test software, test hardware (and cool products as well as long as they’re art related – obviously). I strongly believe that as a digital artist, I have a responsibility to get involved in the software/hardware development for the tech’ that I use to create my work – especially if I wants it to evolve. All artists share in responsibility. I have a similar believe which drives me to create tutorials both on YouTube.
A few years ago I was awarded the title of Corel Painter Master. I was one of only ten artists world-wide to be recognised with the award. It was truly a great honour for me. In the Portfolio section you can see the cover I created for the Painter Essentials 5 application. I have also created a series of brushes for Painter and ParticleShop. To top it all, my status has been furthered in 2016 to that of Corel Painter Master ELITE for my work in helping other artists grow and develop the digital painting field as a whole.
I have worked closely with the team at Silicon Benders to develop the Sketchable App. Including Beta-testing, creating the user interface design, illustrating pieces to go inside the App and how-to videos for in-App use. As well as a whole bunch of YouTube videos on my channel focused on Sketchable. I also created the App’s new branding. For all this Silicon Benders has graciously gifted me the title of Official Sketchable ARTISAN. Even though the App is now available on the Windows store, I continue to work with the team on future versions just as I do with other companies and digital art related products – Anything I can do to develop the field of digital painting is a pleasure. Especially when it helps me create better artwork for my clients.
I hope you enjoy my work. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss an upcoming project and don’t be afraid to send me any feedback you may have on my work.