I’ve always been an avid drawer but took a rather round-about route into illustration. I studied economics and politics when I was at university the first time around despite my desire to draw. When I left there I managed to get some editorial illustration work but

 

this soon fell by the wayside as I became more involved in my work as a financial journalist.


After several years of trying unsuccessfully to break into children’s book illustration I got a place on the excellent MA course in children’s book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. I graduated from there in February 2007 and soon after signed my first book contract, with Boxer Books, to write and illustrate Fine As We Are.


During my MA my work was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for student illustrators. Fine As We Are was highly commended in the Read It Again! Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award and shortlisted for the 2009 Norfolk Libraries Children’s Book Award. The Scariest Monster in the World was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010.


I work in fairly traditional materials, principally watercolour, graphite stick, pencil and pen. Line is very important to me and I often use my computer to overlay drawings onto watercolour paintings to produce finished work.


I live in London with my girlfriend and our young son and daughter (on my shoulders in the picture above).