Ian studied Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College in the early 80s and his career began straight afterwards.
A project begins with a discussion about what the illustration is setting out to achieve, working out a basic composition then constructing the finished image in 3D on the computer. Though he began as a technical illustrator, today his work appears in magazines, cover and editorial, museums, websites and video productions.
Realism, accuracy and technical competence are all hallmarks of his work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Ian: I have always drawn things, sadly, in my story books as a youngster! (sorry Miss Potter). As I grew older, I developed a love of machinery and finding out how things worked, to draw hard product now is a joy ! Question: Do you have any formal design training? Ian: Yes, my epiphany in 1981, a three year Technical Illustration course at Blackpool College, splendid place then. Question: Where are you originally from? Ian: Kendal. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Ian: Kendal, I always wanted to come back, it's a special place to me. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Ian: Tiny things all around us, often overlooked, but when drawn attention to, magnificent, consider the shapely G Clamp! Question: How do you get your ideas? Ian: I buy them at the ideas shop in Kendal, we're very lucky to have one of those here. Question: Do you collect anything? Ian: Many things, at the moment I'm really into Lightships. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Ian: Not really, although I may start, but I have loads of pads that I draw ideas on. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Ian: Cycling, aviation, sailing and lightships of course. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Ian: It was a while ago actually, but a massive cut-away of The SS Great Britain in Bristol, a fantastic job. Did I mention I liked ships? Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Ian: A cut away illustration of a lightship!
Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Ian: Philip Castle, I saw one of his fine art pieces when I was a youngster and it opened my eyes to the possibilities of Airbrush Illustration, so much colour and energy and he painted chrome angels and jets. I probably looked at it for an unhealthily long time, like in the supermarket when you see an illustration on, say a soup can label and get in real close to look at it, they call the manager, they show you the door and then the pavement! Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Ian: There are too many to say, HERO is perhaps a word too far! I always liked George Hardie and my old Airbrush tutor Tom Liddell from college. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Ian: I would love to work on the Crinan Canal in Scotland, polishing things, opening locks and painting the flower boxes in the summer sunshine. Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Ian: Insanely talented, perceptive and good looking, but prone to inhabit a rich fantasy world. Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Ian: Re validate my pilots license and buy another Auster V aeroplane, then let the rest go I think. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Ian: 1950's, the aircraft I like were a little newer then, everything was developing and illustrations were more common than photographs, they even illustrated cameras! Question: What is your favourite graphics programme? Ian: Cinema 4d.
Computer Active magazine, Saatchi, DC Comics, Haymarket Publishing, Men's Health Magazine, Hasbro, MEED magazineFavourites
: Spinach pasta, broccoli and pesto, may just go and make some RIGHT NOW!
: The Union Jack in Kirkland, sadly no website …
: The Abbot Hall
gallery here in Kendal
: a cool Pinot Noir, or a warm one, I don't care