Some potted career
I grew up in Essex and graduated from
Portsmouth in 1984 with a BA (1st Hons).
Then, living in London Brixton, I completed a course at St Martins with
portfolio oriented toward childrens publishers. I went on to illustrate
comics and editorial features for consumer and trade magazines. Among
them were IPC's Look-In! (TV mag for kids) for whom I did a weekly
comic called Justin Gibbs and his Massive Fibs!
For SELECT (music monthly) I did Moody DJ and for The
Right Angle (architecture monthly) I did Archy and Tex - both
comic features. This was a very productive time when I also illustrated
short-fiction for adult monthlies and editorial spots for lads-mags but
just as I'd honed a confident yet flexible drawing style, the publishing
industry itself in the 80s went through massive changes. This prompted
my decision to try my luck in Sydney where I landed editorial commissions
for the Sydney Morning Herald and fiction features for Penthouse's
Ozy division. However, due to a serendipitous meeting, I went on
to Bali to barter my creative skills as a Designer-of-all-sorts amongst
the expat community. I returned eventually to settle in Brighton
armed now with a computer and been producing digital graphics for my bread'n'butter
I am a habitual sketcher anyway and
enjoy exhibiting my Poster Art - see 'Jim's Prints' section.