I am an illustrator, animator and educator with over 10 years of experience in publishing and higher education. I am currently a senior lecturer in Illustration at the University of Portsmouth. Reportage drawing has been central to my development as an illustrator and it has clarified my ideas about visual language development, memory and intention. My own reportage experience has been revelatory. It has pushed me to consider the nature of my own aesthetic inclinations and shaped my ideas about people, places, and the social structures that confine and liberate them. Reportage drawing for me has become a clearer way of thinking and communicating without the deceit of expectant, contrived discourse. Reportage drawing and drawing in general is not stripped from intention and pre-thought but it is, by its very nature, an exposition of self. Even when contrived and indeed wholly constructed, reportage drawing is idiosyncratically a product of its maker and possesses intangibilities that are peculiar to drawn marks. This singularity of experience that is captured in reportage drawing is of particular interest to me.
I am currently pursuing an Mphil/PhD by practice at Royal College of Art in reportage drawing. My interests are in identifying the role of intuition, intention, memory and commentary in the reportage drawing experience and how the drawings synthesize complex layers of experience. I am also interested in how reportage drawing can provoke ideas about social and political realities and, how contemporary accounts of urban reportage compare and contrast with those of the past (particularly Victorian era written and drawn reportage).
I maintain a sketchbook blog that is regularly updated and expands on some of the lines of inquiry above. It can be seen here:
Feel free to email me here to exchange ideas: