Gary has featured in countless editions of Contact over the past 10 years and is one of our most sought after commercial artists.
Having provided illustrations for packaging and advertising on behalf of many well-known brands, you are probably familiar with Gary’s artwork already… albeit you’re unlikely to realise it.
Here Gary talks tells us a little more about himself, his work and how it feels to be the anonymous creative behind so many images known to consumers the world over:
“I’ve always kept the passion alive about drawing pictures for a living by working in a wide variety of styles for a wide range of clients. I never set out to specialize in packaging illustration but my graphic flat colour bias seems to lend itself to this and I would say that these days about seventy percent of my work tends to be for packaging in one form or another.
When I got my first illustration commissions for packaging many moons ago, shopping at the local supermarket had that added excitement of spotting the odd bit of bacon packaging with a familiar image on it.
My Mum would phone me up and tell me she’d shown her friends that box of biscuits I’d illustrated and had told them proudly ‘My son’s drawn that!’.
These days I’m quite used to seeing my stuff here and there but I still get the odd Wow! feeling now and then, such as the time when I visited my agent in Toronto a few years back and was on the tube when suddenly a large billboard ad with a familiar retro image of melons flashed past my window.
….Or the time when I was commissioned to do an illustration for Lays kettle cooked potato chips in the U.S. which was then, over the space of a few days, carved into a huge wooden billboard in California as a promotional event.
(I was, however, more than a little disappointed that they never flew me out there to view it!)
….Or the time when some friends who’d emigrated to Canada phoned me up to tell me that they thought that they were seeing things when, in the local grocers, they saw some milk cartons with illustrations of my wife, daughter and myself on the packaging.
(Sometimes, you have to use the models at hand for reference material when up against a deadline).
Being a down to earth northern lad, seeing my work in situ has never gone to my head, but it’s nice to know that all those years of doodling in my school books whilst simultaneously dodging a flying blackboard eraser finally paid off!”
Visit Gary’s Contact Portfolio to see more artwork, links to further samples and contact details.