late 2005 I left my day job as a financial journalist and
editor to pursue my true love of illustration full time. My
illustration career had been bubbling away in the background
for several years. Not only was meeting other journos and
editors on the London circuit an excellent way to sneak my
pictures in the back door, but the verbal discipline of paring
subjects down to their essence (with a visual headline) proved
excellent training for illustration.
I still consider an essential element of my work to be faintly
editorial: digesting an article, no matter how dry and technical,
and coming up with the visual metaphor that will bring it
I illustrate frequently
Sunday Telegraph and am the regular cover artist for The
Week magazine in both the UK and the US.
In 2009 I won the Cartoon Art Trust's 'Caricaturist of the
Year' award for my covers for the UK edition. I also produce covers
regularly for Moneyweek
in the UK and France.
Other clients include The Word, PC
Pro and Mac User
magazines, plus Nintendo via the Leo Burnett agency in the
US. In recent years I have been moving more into children's
books: my first picture book, I
Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, for Flashlight Press,
was published in 2008, with When a Dragon Moves In following in 2011. I have illustrated two series of six books of Dotti Enderle's Ghost
by Magic Wagon, plus a set of Calico
Illustrated Classics, including Treasure Island, King
Arthur, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,
David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol. I've illustrated
all six covers of the Alfie
the Werewolf series for Hodder and those of four Kit
Salter adventures for Quercus Books.
Adding a third dimension to
my work, I also created the characters on the latest Matey
bubble bath bottles:
A brief history
Becoming National Young Cartoonist
of the Year at the age of 12 cemented my visual ambitions.
But when ‘Art’ turned out, post-school, to mean
sticking machinery on walls and giving it a pretentious title,
I abandoned ship and concentrated on words instead, gaining
a First in English Literature from Exeter University.
I kept my love for drawing
though. In 2005 I was chosen as runner up in Channel
4's election cartoon competition by The Guardian's Steve
Bell. The following year I won the
Evening Standard’s London Cartoonist competition,
and started a run of regular pocket cartoons in the paper.
However, perhaps the crowning glory of my career is having
animated the now infamous ‘snake charmer’ Catchphrase
for ITV, back when I was 17. Seeing the ill-fated removal
of bonus squares when this was first aired brought a heady
mix of pride and shame I've never since equalled. If you’re
not familiar with this accidentally obscene episode for Mr
Chips, have a look here
or catch the next ‘funniest TV moments’ programme
on the box – it tends to be in the top five.