I am a freelance artist based in East Lothian in Scotland, not far from the centre of Edinburgh. I produce detailed architectural illustrations and historical reconstructions using digital techniques; computer-based 3D modelling and animation.
I produce artwork for inclusion in property guidebooks, interpretive signage, audio-visual, video and interactive multimedia programmes found in exhibitions, museums and visitor attractions. My clients include The Royal Collection Trust, Historic Environment Scotland, Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage and Glasgow School of Art.
About my work
The digital arts have fascinated me ever since I was at school. In the late 1980s I told my teachers that I wanted to work with computers to produce art, but I don’t think they thought very favourably of my ideas and I can’t really blame them for that - the technology was rather crude at the time!
I have worked as a graphics artist through much of the mid-late 1990’s within the medium of video and television before going freelance in 2002. In 2009, I developed an interest and a passion for interpreting our historic buildings and monuments using digital 3D technology. Among my favourite subjects are medieval and Victorian architecture and our industrial and seafaring heritage.
My methods and treatments
The cornerstone of my digital reconstructions are the use of 3D models which are incredibly helpful for planning some of my most complex scenes. The technology allows me to make major changes to my artwork quickly and non-destructively if new information becomes available to me at a late stage in the development of the artwork.
Although I am a fan of computer-generated imagery (CGI) – I have spent the years trying to blend CGI with the traditional techniques of illustration. I spend a lot of my time applying a more illustrated, ‘painterly’ look and feel to my work while taking full advantage of the benefits that digital and 3D models can bring to adding enormous amounts of detail to my work very quickly. I am doing this to add some of my own artistic signature to my work and to try to remove some of the unnatural perfection that can sometimes become a product of raw CG imagery.
I am not an architect, historian or archaeologist, although I am obviously very passionate about all three of these subjects. My work is usually a collaboration with historical and heritage consultants who are experts in their various fields. It’s a process that I really enjoy – giving me the chance to work with and learn from some fascinating individuals.
When I’m not creating artwork I’m usually researching, reading or off out exploring historic sites for inspiration and reference for my projects. I am a member of the Scottish Castles Association where I have made many new friends with a shared interest in these great buildings.
How to commission my artwork
If you would like to commission me to produce an illustration, please have a read of this Information Booklet (PDF 40Kb) which explains how I go about my work, timescales, fees, copyright etc. If there is anything that is not covered in the booklet that you would like more information on, then please get in touch .