Illustrator, lettering artist, avid side-project-doer
Known for my early pioneering hand-lettering and hand-drawn type, developing styles and approaches now ubiquitous in the creative industries, my work is shot through with a vivid inky thread of conversational energy, detail and movement, whether or not words are part of the image.
My illustration’s been described as ‘unmistakable' while 'never staying still'; organic, restless, inspired by the penmanship of a more elegant era, but with a muscular grasp of experimentation and a healthy distrust of the rules. Ink runs through my veins and generally lands on paper, but new materials and methods have been embraced with enthusiasm all my life, from live-filmed murals for TV advertising and large scale work on breeze block to the minutiae of cross-hatching, embroidery, sculpture, built objects, wearable pieces and pixel-only creations, for clients worldwide.
I love talking too! A regular guest on BBC Radio Leicester, I can often be found giving lectures and presenting our first short documentary, 'Stupid Enough', to colleges and universities.
BY SARAH COLEMAN
@ VOL 31
ON APR 04, 2017
"Materials, the very, very simple tools I use in my job, are the things that give me the greatest pleasure."