Based in the Lake District, Ian’s career began in technical illustration and he continues to have a passion for structure and mechanics, and loves figuring out how things work. The angles, the perspectives, the intricate details of things are all fascinating to him, which informs his illustration and animation styles.
Ian studied Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College in the early 1980s.
After discussing the project with his client, Ian sketches out a composition using pens and pencils, and then creates the scene in 3D using Cinema 4D.
Realism, accuracy and technical competence are all hallmarks of Ian’s work, but with the modelling, texturing and rendering tools available in his 3D software, he can create a style to suit any brief.
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