Mark earned a diploma and then a higher diploma in Graphic Design from the Lincoln College of Art.
Keep it clean, clear and simple is Mark’s mantra. He works in Freehand, Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as using traditional media.
Mark’s style is very graphic with strong line work, and usually employs flat colours. His work is ideal for ‘how to’ images and infographics, with isometric viewpoints and, sometimes, a blueprint feel. He enjoys tackling technical challenges, but also produces more playful and conceptual work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Mark: I couldn’t get a job as a mechanic, then my art teacher suggested I should go to Art College. Thank you Mr Walsh. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Mark: Lincoln College of Art; Diploma & Higher Diploma in Graphic design. Question: Where are you originally from? Mark: Gloucestershire, then Lincolnshire from the age of four. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Mark: Lincolnshire – came back to get away from the traffic jams in London. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Mark: At home. I have 2; one with computers plus mess and one with a drawing board plus mess. Question: Do you collect anything? Mark: Cars – my neighbours describe me as a rest home for old bangers. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Mark: I didn’t think Harry allowed other interests! Don’t tell him but I play Congas/percussion in a band, I also play tennis, after which I have to visit the pub.
Question: What is the first record you bought? Mark: Mud – Tiger Feet. I’m trying to get it onto my band’s playlist. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Mark: How to put a condom on! Strange but its something I had always wanted to draw, no one wanted to model for it! Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Mark: No heroes, but when I first started illustrating I liked Gavin McLeod’s work. Whatever happened to him? Also Mick Brownfield. Question: Who is/are your musical hero/es? Mark: I listen to music all day, the ipod is my musical hero. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Mark: Since the ‘Erotic Massage’ commission, yes. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Mark: The ‘Erotic Massage’ commission. No one wanted to model for this either! Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Mark: Buy more cars and build more garages to put them in, with a music studio above and a flood lit tennis court.
McCann Erickson Dublin, Pearson Education, Royal Mail, National Magazine Company, Happy Shopper, Duncan Baird Publishing, Mercedes-Benz, BBC Magazines, Marks & Spencer
Café: I don’t do cafes, but pubs. The Wheatsheaf in Louth.
Art Equipment/Tool: Pencil and tracing paper
Food: Mushrooms (but I’m not a veggie)
Drink: Tea for work and alcohol for play
Blog: Who is Blog?
Magazine: Top Gear; Classic and Sports car