University/college was a time for experimentation and learning, not necessarily producing finished work. Unfortunately the abstract style I developed was totally non-commercial so after leaving I struggled to find a medium and style that would be of some use but it wasn’t until I seriously got into CG that I discovered a medium that felt right and gave me the freedom and time I needed. Here’s a small selection of some of the analogue experiments and commissioned work, all dating back to the early 90’s.

The influence of (Violent Cases era) Dave McKean in this last one is kind of obvious. Influence is probably the wrong word .. desperately trying to emulate is probably more accurate. It was for a short story written by a guy I knew when I worked in a pub in Liverpool.

Some unsuccessful experiments and a couple for short stories.

Going back to my abstract roots. I did 8 of these on an industrial theme so not exactly abstract. This is the only one left. After Uni, while flitting between jobs, bedsits, flats and home all my artwork got spread around different family members who’d offered to store it for me. Unfortunately the rest were destroyed in a water tank leak.

These were just a mess about to see if I could illustrate humorous cards but its really not my thing.

I was asked to help out producing posters for the Uni theatre department end of year plays. There was I think 8 plays, all of which eventually needed posters and programmes, one even needed music and sound effects, and all within 2 weeks. I had no computer so everything was hand drawn, photocopied and collaged.

I worked in one of Liverpools most famous pubs for about 3 years while trying to find my feet. While there I started a comic strip (called Brahms and Liszt for the euphemism and because they where the names over two of the internal doorways)  for the staff and designed the pub t-shirt logos.