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I was born in Luton in 1940 and had a secondary school education. I left when I was fifteen without any qualifications. However I was always keen on drawing and was twice awarded top of the school art prize. My school teacher recommended that my parents send me to art school. This I was firmly against as I wanted to serve an engineering apprenticeship with a local engineering company.

As the office boy in a drawing office I used to sketch on the back of old drawings during my lunch breaks. One of the draughtsmen asked me why I didn’t consider technical illustration?

I didn’t know what it was and he explained it was drawing mechanical parts for manuals and such like. I latched on to his suggestion as it would seem to combine my interest in engineering and drawing. for more see “About Me