The penultimate item in this series of 10 objects from my dad’s loft is a bag of unpublished portfolio material from circa 1984. There was a lot of material from London in my dad’s loft, when I left my studio just before I flew off to Japan it was the natural place to just shove everything, my entire output from 1983-1986, and it’s pretty well all been preserved, waiting for me to reclaim thirty years later. I moved to London in 1983, encouraged by two children’s book commiss
Here are some more editorial illustrations from the beginning of my career in London in the mid-1980’s, from music journals and listings magazines. A much harsher angle than my children’s books of course, it was the post-punk era, we were all angry back then.
At that time most of my regular work was for the press, a lot of it in black and white, I’ve discovered literally piles of work from this era in my father’s loft, it amazes me now how prolific I was then! Façade Studios
Daughter and I spent part of the holiday season at my father’s house. While rummaging around in his loft for my bits and pieces I was surprised and delighted to find piles and piles of my old artwork, some of it from school days in the 1970’s, but also a great deal of my oldest professional work from my London studio in the 1980’s. In those early days I shared a studio in Crouch End with illustrators Jane Ray and Willie Ryan, and graphic designers Chris Millett and Andy Royst
Illustrator and near neighbour Jane Heinrichs recently interviewed me for her blog Jane Illustrating Art and Life. It’s great to link with other artists in my local area, especially those involved in children’s books. If anyone reading this is close to London’s NW6 please do let get in touch! #interview #JaneHeinrichs #London
The blog has been pretty quiet of late as I’ve been moving out of Staffordshire and settling into London. It’s a big change from pretty, quiet Lichfield, but considering I’ve lived in cities most of my life, especially the bustle of Tokyo for so many years I feel a lot more comfortable in the big city. Location is very important for me, not only for artistic inspiration (see previous posts) but also for the convenience of living. My biggest handicap in Lichfield was not being