I completed a degree in graphic design specialising in illustration at the University of Central Lancashire in England way back in 1998. One of my student pieces was accepted in the Association of Illustrators annual of that year.
My drawing and painting passions, developed from childhood eventually led to me getting a job in a marketing agency, firstly as an illustrator.
Within this role, I grew to enjoy creating design concepts to solve the real world communications needs of our clients. The challenge of creating a compelling visual style, well balanced layout and a suitable tone of voice for a print design or more recently the web is a process I love, as much as illustrating.
“Good enough” is a phrase I don’t care for. Good designers think hard and make informed decisions. We make sure our clients understand our process and keep them in the loop. We pay attention to detail, making best use of our inherent OCD tendencies!
Illustrators, spend many hours honing their skills.
Working to understand the client’s aspirations for the project and to arrive at the best solution with the resources we have is always top priority. The aim is always to produce an extraordinary, rather than ordinary end product.
I enjoy fitting in with teams where you can really get things done as well as on my own.
If you are looking for help with the services I have listed below or you are a studio manager snowed under with work and in need of a hand, I’m here to help.
Layout, Typography, Colour Theory, Research, Communication, Print & Finish Techniques, Retouching, Illustration, Copywriting, User Interface Design, Marketing Communications, Brand Development, Front End Web Development, WordPress Theming, SEO
Graphic Design and Creative Artwork
- Digital and printed advertisements
- Brochures and Reports
Computer generated illustration and hand drawn marker visuals. Read more about my thoughts on drawing and graphic design here.
I develop websites built on the WordPress platform. WordPress is a powerful, open source content management system, empowering site owners to make their own updates to their site. I also have experience with other systems like Expression Engine.
WordPress templates or themes as they are known as, can be purchased which can be helpful for those with a small budget. However, I build mine from scratch so I can then customise the sites I build.
I have built several websites for clients of my own that they can update themselves. The knowledge I have acquired, can be put to good use for anyone who needs help with a web site project.
The site you are viewing now was built from the ground up in WordPress by me.
Here are the specific kinds of jobs that I have worked on:
- Web design artwork files to hand off to a front end developer for coding.
- Smaller websites and web site maintenance for both small and big businesses.
- Email newsletters.
My Working Tools
I build websites from scratch using WordPress, HTML5 and CSS3. I sometimes use outside help for some of the database and scripting requirements.
I create illustrations using paints, magic markers or the computer. The software I use is Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Corel Painter.
I produce layouts and artwork using the Adobe Creative Suite or Quark Xpress. I supply accurate, bullet proof artwork that printers will be able to use effectively. For those who are baffled by some of these terms, please get in touch and I’d be happy to explain.
When I’m not working, I’m happy to be playing guitar and singing in local folk music clubs with others or solo. I’m a finger style guitarist and like to spend time learning fancy guitar picking instrumentals, originally played by legendary musicians from the American deep south. Pay a visit over to my music page if you feel like listening to some country blues covers!
I enjoy cooking curries, going to and performing at music festivals, playing badminton quite badly, camping and walking in the Lake District or Peak District near me.