I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, I still have some of those early drawings, often inspired by early British Sci fi shows like Dr. Who and the Gerry Anderson puppet series. It seemed that a career in Illustration, in particular a career in SF or fantasy illustration, was inevitable.
After graduating from the Derby College of Art and Technology, now Derby University, I took a part time job delivering groceries, painting in my spare time. Trips down to London with my portfolio eventually led to my first book cover commissions.
I continued to work as an illustrator for clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Clients include Penguin, Warner books, Little Brown, Thames Television, National geographic, Scientific American, Leo Burnet, Der Speigel, DNA Productions, Paramount, Agent 16, Whizzkids, Lego, Mattel, AVP and The US Postal service.
In 2001 I was approached by DNA productions to work on the Oscar nominated "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius" for which I was concept artist and matte painter.
From 2002 to 2003 I worked on a TV series, working title "Project X", for Tinopolis TV and Lego. I was responsible for early visual development of all aspects of the show from environments to characters.
2003 to 2006 I was back in Dallas doing concept art, production art and matte painting for DNA's and Tom Hank's Playtone company feature, "The Ant Bully". This was followed by visual development for two more features, "C Horse" and "The Star Beast " and later in 2006 I worked as a character designer for Dutch film company AVP.
In 2007 I worked as concept artist for Enne Entertainment Salamanca Spain on "Life in a Pickle " and concept artist for JPS studios Austin Texas for Epic Mickey. This was followed by a post as Art director on " Escape from Planet Earth " Rainmaker Entertainment Vancouver Canada.
In september 2008 I worked at Framestore in London as a matte painter on The Tale of Despereaux.
In 2009 I worked as Art Director and Visual Development artist for Turner Broadcasting LA on Firebreather.
I'm currently based back in the UK working on various publishing and freelance projects.
My interests outside of work are watching movies, hiking and cycling.
A book of my work was published in 2000 by Paper Tiger entitled "Ground Zero" and a new book "The Art Of Fred Gambino Dark Sheperd" is to be published by Titan Books in 2014.
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