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At the age of 7, I saw illustrator Roger Dean on a Saturday morning kid’s TV show.
That day, I decided I wanted to draw science fiction for album covers. My true calling.
At 12, I knew I was going to draw for Marvel Comics. By the time I got to Edinburgh College of Art to study graphic design, I knew I wa… Read More
At the age of 7, I saw illustrator Roger Dean on a Saturday morning kid’s TV show.
That day, I decided I wanted to draw science fiction for album covers. My true calling.
At 12, I knew I was going to draw for Marvel Comics. By the time I got to Edinburgh College of Art to study graphic design, I knew I was going to be a rock and roll star. But the bands
I joined wanted songs, not posters and logos. Turns out I was an art director, I just didn’t know it yet. I’d discovered IDEAS, and realised that while I could draw and design, I preferred thinking my way round problems.
I failed my first interview as junior designer for a Scottish agency - They hired me as an Art Director instead. And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
I’ve spent my career in Europe and then Asia, coming up with and selling ideas for brands, in brainstorms and boardrooms, on my own (often in the shower) and with teams of delightfully diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. Taking those ideas and seeing them through to the light of day. I’ve won a few awards in my time: but that’s not the point. We should be storytellers first, not glory seekers. Because people connect with stories, not marketing.
I love working with creative teams and realised early on if I didn’t step up to Creative Director level, someone else would lead them, and make their lives more miserable
than I would.
So if you’re looking for a non-traditional digitally-savvy CD, with diverse experience and the skills to match, get in touch. (Or if you’re looking for an fantasy illustration for your EP cover, 7-year-old me would still love to give it a try)
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