Vicky: 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. Vicky: Do you have any formal design training? Mark: Lincoln College of Art; Diploma & Higher Diploma in Graphic design. Vicky: Where are you originally from? Mark: Gloucestershire, then Lincolnshire from the age of four. Vicky: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Mark: Lincolnshire – came back to get away from the traffic jams in London. Vicky: 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. Vicky: Do you collect anything? Mark: Cars – my neighbours describe me as a rest home for old bangers. Vicky: 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.
Vicky: What is the first record you bought? Mark: Mud – Tiger Feet. I’m trying to get it onto my band’s playlist. Vicky: 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! Vicky: 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. Vicky: Who is/are your musical hero/es? Mark: I listen to music all day, the ipod is my musical hero. Vicky: Have you any hidden talents? Mark: Since the ‘Erotic Massage’ commission, yes. Vicky: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Mark: The ‘Erotic Massage’ commission. No one wanted to model for this either! Vicky: 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.