Illustration is where it all began for me. After a chance meeting in 1980 with Jet Black, drummer for The Stranglers, I began drawing t-shirt designs for bands such as The Stranglers, The Cramps, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Creatures and Siouxsie and The Banshees. This progressed to gig posters and record sleeves, which eventually led to editorial illustrations for NME, Melody Maker, Hot Press and The Observer, which brought offers to illustrate book covers and comic books. In the 90’s I began accepting commissions for advertising and videogame covers.
My work covers a variety of styles. Rather than bringing the same fixed mode of illustration to each project, my approach tends to be more organic in that I approach a piece of work by letting the nature of the project dictate the style. (Unless, of course, a specific style that I work in has been requested). This variety and the fluidity keeps me fresh and means that I can keep my work contemporary.
Not having a specific style has helped with the diversity of projects I have produced illustration for. My work’s covered countless images across packaging for food (Walls, Cadbury’s, Nestle, Coca-Cola), videogame packaging, (Activision, Atari, Infogrames), book covers (Penguin, Omnibus Press, Hodder and Stoughton, Arcturus), comic books (Omnibus Press, Arcturus) and record sleeves, theatre posters, and t-shirts. Each project presents new opportunities and directions, and they’re about fitting the art to the project, not the other way around.