On a rainy Sunday in 1985, with my brand new Commodore Amiga and a copy of Deluxe Paint, I spent the entire day painstakingly drawing, pixel by pixel a portrait of Spock, copied from the cover of the Star Trek III novelisation.*
I have always been obsessed with films and drawing in equal measure.
I can still remember the rush of excitement when I realised that all of my favourite posters were created by either Drew Struzan or John Alvin. That this was their job. At that moment, I decided that this was what I wanted to do when I grew up. Paint movie posters!!
I trained traditionally in oils on canvas and I spent a few years freelancing as an illustrator before entering the Amusement Industry. I design and artwork penny pushers and various other amusements machines. I have also continued to freelance, creating key art and poster design for film and gaming.
Although I don’t have to draw each pixel separately, I have returned to working digitally either on the laptop, or more recently, the iPad.
And you may still catch me on a Sunday afternoon drawing a portrait or two.
*As the Amiga was a brand new computer, I didn’t have any way of saving and no one I knew had a clue what a floppy disk was. So at bedtime, when I was forced to switch the computer off, my first digital painting was lost forever.