Born in Nottingham,UK, I was fed on The Eagle comic during my early school days where giants of the illustration world, Frank Bellamy, Frank Hampson, Harry Bishop and Martin Aitchison rubbed pages with cartoonists such as Thelwell, John Ryan and Fiddy. Wonderful stuff!
Later I stumbled across Punch magazine as I waited for my short, back and sides at the barbers shop in Nottingham in the early 1960's. I was fascinated by the cartoon drawings and was hooked. Art college followed and then a spell as graphic designer. P****d off with paste-up I submitted a bunch of cartoons to Punch and they accepted three on my first attempt!
Difficult to recapture that feeling of euphoria but it proved to be a life-changing moment. That was 1976 and things started to take off for me.
I started submitting comedy sketch ideas to BBC tv's Not The Nine O'Clock News and they accepted some material too. One of my sketches featured on a BBC LP record album of the show which then went on to be number one in the album charts.
Work in Private Eye, Mayfair, Times Educational Supplement, Penthouse, Men Only, National Lampoon and Radio Times followed and was capped off in 1980 with my first Punch cover!
Cartooning is a lonely business so joining the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain in 1977 was probably one of the best decisions I had ever made.
Made many good friends and picked up priceless professional tips and advice along the way.
As well as the CCGB I'm also a member of the British Cartoonists' Association, The Professional Cartoonists' Organisation, The Cartoon Art Trust, Political Cartoon Society and National Union of Journalists.
Set up the College of Cartoon Art home study course in 1998 with colleagues, Noel Ford, Terry Christien, Dave Follows and Steve Chadburn. We later produced a CD-ROM version, "Get Cartooning", in 2002.
2002-2004 I was Artistic Director for Nottingham's "Big Grin" cartoon festival.
Along with Noel Ford and Steve Chadburn I co-authored "Draw Cartoons"(2006) and "Draw Caricatures" (2007) published by New Holland..