I work here and am the voice of pretension. I make suggestions and they are vitally ignored. Thankfully that doesn't matter because, as I've already established, they are too pompous. However I am pretty literate and capable of answering phones, so expect to correspond with me, if you feel like it.
As a concept-led designer I left Kingston University with a first class degree and a unique eye for text and photographic image. Taking the bull by the horns and continuing my love for the arts I leapt into a parallel version of myself and plunged headfirst into the world of selling sex toys. This certainly satisfied my burning desire to pay the bills and live in a house that wasn't my parents but left me little room for the life of a poor bohemian artist who gets drunk on red wine, smokes rollies and listens to Tom Waits whilst reading Keroauc. In order to get back on track with my lifelong ambitions I realised that, like most designers, I like books and magazines and most importantly how they are made and how they look. I slipped into a crevice on a roof top in Bath and met a couple of rogues and we formed a pack. This is it and we hope you like what we do.
I always read. Since I can remember. First Asterix, then Willard Price, then Conan Doyle, then everything else. I’ve had a paperback jammed into my back pocket most days of my life. I remember wanting to write a book when I was about 12 and wanting to put everything into it.
I’ve read every kind of book, but the ones I love most are stories of adventure, so that’s what I write. I’ve put thousands of hours into learning to do it well. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve developed my own voice and my own style. I spend so much time with Si, my main character, that he seems as real to me as anyone I know. In some cases, more so. I regard myself as having the best job in the world. I get to learn about anything that interests me, go to any place I like and spend hours and hours in the company of the most interesting people, all without leaving my room.
I started to draw at a very early age, after being inspired by my Dad's awesome drawings. At the age of 17 I was pretty sure I wanted to work as an artist, so I went to an art school in Madrid. After that I realised I wanted to learn more and see a bit of the world so I went to art school in California. I learned there more than I've never learned before. By then I was sure I wanted to be a better artist everyday, and that there's no hidden secret or talents for art but just hard work (yes, that's a true fact!). I started working as a freelance artist and then I ran into Rat's Tales and became a part of their amazing team.
One of my first memories is reading illustrated folk stories in a big typeface, with a flashlight under my blanket in the middle of the night. I used to hate films because they forced onto me what the places and characters looked like. Forever in debt to my wicked imagination. But in my own way, I always wanted to build things, worlds and technology and minds, to get them out of the anonymity of my brain.
Some character-building years later, I have graduated computer science, I still haven't finished my first novel, and I have approximate knowledge of many things. I still do my best to give life to the things that I love, such as giving Rat's Tales the digital presentation it deserves.