While working as a screen writer for a small London film company I started to find it a little frustrating to be so dependent on other people. Although I’d written the script, the story wasn’t fully in my control as the director, art director, producers, editor, and all the others had their own contribution to make.
Those people were all vital to the process, but I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have control of a creative project from start to finish. That led to me to plan stories that I could illustrate as graphic novels and children’s books.
After playing around for a while with various illustration styles, I settled on my current technique. I hope my cinematic background comes through in the images as I like interesting angles, perspectives and cool lighting, even when drawing fluffy, fuzzy animals.
The image shown is from my upcoming illustrated children’s book titled ‘Ottokar’. It’s hopefully an uplifting tale about a lonely otter searching for his family after a flood. Sounds a little Disney I know, but it has an edge!