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TOMMY FRY

maziestommy@googlemail.com       www.tommyfryillustrations.com       (+44)7951187127

I have always spent much of my time drawing, and the route to children's book illustration was, by comparison with many of my peers rather slow in taking off. For the previous 20-years I have worked as a professional musician and part time NHS support staff. I entertained the possibility of using my drawing talent more fully one day as I had provided artwork for CD covers, gig- posters, tattoos, band portraits and logos, but there didn't seem to be a path for me to follow. 

Speaking with a friend who had made his late move into adult education I realised that I too could take the chance, and so I made a decision to enter into full time education.  In 2014, I enrolled in the FdA Foundation course in Illustration at Camberwell Art College. My naïve talent began to improve rapidly, and a new visual language and skill set became established. Taking this new found confidence and ability to the next level was challenging as a mature student, but I grasped the opportunity to take the next step and won a place on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge Art School (Anglia Ruskin).

My work has settled into a unique, yet readily readable style that offers much to storytelling as well as to the industry. I'm looking forward to the future and the possibilities that children's book publishing has to offer.