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I’m always ready to contribute creatively to any project and I will take care to understand and meet the brief - delivering on time, to budget, to a high standard and you will get the illustration you want every time.

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Background

As well as illustration I work as a graphic and multimedia designer. I also lecture in visual communications. I design publications, build web sites and occasionally make interactive projects in Flash.

Methods

I start with pencil and paper as the most direct link between the idea in mind and bringing it into the physical. The computer has too many mechanisms between one's hand and what one is trying to create looking through its limited window.

It's the ideas that count.

However the computer has made me free when it comes to building the finished idea. No getting out the easel, paints, rags and turps and having to tidy them away again. Best of all - multiple undo's - a shame its not available in the real world. I use InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Painter, Fireworks and Flash. Whichever does the job best.

Experience

I've commissioned work from design agencies, writers, illustrators, printers, manufacturers and multimedia companies. I've had work commissioned from me in return. I've worked as creative director especially in team environments leading skilled people to generate ideas that work and are effective.

I'm very good at working with others.

Technicalities

Which formats carry the information in its most editable form. Which compress well but keep all the relevant information.

I will deliver file formats that work.

When to manage colour and keep it as true as it can be. Which file types travel well and retain maximum editability between different software. How to make fonts problem free. All issues dealt with successfully at one time or another. I know how to make illustrations fit for print, video or screen.

I want illustration to add value - not just decoration.

Clients (for illustrations)

Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Baillie Marshall Design, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Landowners Federation, Clydesdale Bank, Forestry Commission, Avian, Ascenco, Nationwide Building Society, Wigwam Holidays, Scottish Geology Association, Tayside Police, Dundee Museums and Art Gallery.

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