Since a very early age, I have been fascinated with all forms of cartoon and comic. Since I first saw Tom and Jerry mutilating one another, I knew that a cartoonist dwelt within me. My early drawings simply mimicked what I had seen, and involved an endless supply of cartoon animals mutilating one another. Little changed about my artwork in the passing years, except that the animals were slowly replaced by cartoon people.
At the age of about eight, my artistic aspirations, such as they were, took a side seat as I became engrossed in the world of wargaming and roleplaying games. Every night after school, me and my friends would gather round a table and roll dice to see how well the little toy soldiers under our command mutilated one another. The boring school hours were wasted away dreaming of the evenings gaming session, or drawing the further adventures of our toy soldiers in the margins of my excise books.
Sadly this was not to last, as one by one my friends drifted away from the world of toy soldiers and began their adult lives ( ie. they discovered alcohol and chasing girls was more fun than their little toy warriors ) Not long after, I left school armed with a motley collection of qualifications, and began to assess what I wanted from my future life.
Returning from the little toy battlefields that had been the focussing point of my life, I found once again the thrill of drawing. Armed with this desire to draw endless streams of mutilation and destruction, I took myself and my qualifications to the local art collage.
Understandably, this was not a very good idea. When used in context with the word “Collage”, the word “Art” is apparently an adjective used to describe a horrific mass of garishly colored paper glued to a haphazardness frame constructed from chicken wire, rather than the usual meaning associated with it.
It was more or less at this point that I began my first actual step towards professional artistry. At the expense of homework and a social life, I produced a twelve issue comic series titled “Rising Sun” which ran in the local comic shops and gave me a taste of a better world outside the collage walls.
Wishing to devote my full energies to my artwork, I left collage. ( this “leaving” had nothing to do with my final exam results and an incident involving a topic on inspirational world figures involving a picture of Adolph Hitler ) After some rather unpleasant part time jobs, retired from the world on the grounds of ill health and poor spirit. It was here, resting in the dark pit that is my artists table, I began my latest creation, “The Chian Empire.”
Combining my love of politics, oppressive regimes and dark humor, the Chian Empire is for me a dream come true. Of course, at present it has gone through several incarnations ( only the most resent of which is available here on my website ) but I hope to one day get it published.
Refreshed and imbued with creative energy, I have since gone on to undertake a number of other artistic projects. Beginning, with a series of commissions, I slowly moved from simply drawing a free online comic to actually making money from my artwork. This fundamental change lead me further down the path towards my present state, professional artist.
Realizing that people would actually pay money for what I produced, I tried many a scheme to earn a living of sorts from my artwork. Now, I have fully settled in to my artists lifestyle. In addition to my beloved Chian Empire, I work as a local caricaturist at innumerable events, and deal with an increasing number of commissions. For those who are interested, I am also working on writing and illustrating a couple of books.