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Feb 08

The Talent Jim Browne Biography

We would like to welcome new artist Jim Browne to Advocate art, as the latest addition to our illustrious team. Jim’s humorous vectored style suits older children and also works well on greeting cards. Read on to find out all about Jim and click here to visit his online portfolio on the Advocate art website.
I grew up on Canvey Island in Essex. After graduating with a BA 1st Hon in Fine Art from Portsmouth in 1984, during which long summer I hitchhiked all around Italy, my career ambitions to be an Illustrator didn’t quite take off as I’d hoped. Looking back I see it was more akin to the development of modern rocketry with numerous failed launches off the drawing pad while working as a stone restorer\fixer-mason and squatting with lentil-splitting zeros around the Brixton area of London until the early 90′s. However, I continued my doodling productions with self-published comics, gig posters, flyers etc and of course my portfolio which was, after completing a course at St Martins, orientated toward childrens book publishers.

My break came from IPC Magazines with their TV publication: ‘Look In!’ (for kids) for which I illustrated a weekly two-page comic.  Contrastingly I also illustrated for ESCAPE (one of the 1st lads mags) and humorous fiction features for 3 adult monthlys. Oh and there was Moody DJ (comic feature for SELECT, a music monthy.)  This was a busy period honing a confident yet flexible drawing style.  However, the industry by this time was undergoing economic rationalisation with new high tech printers – remember Wapping?!  The final eviction notice also came in timely fashion and that spurred me on to go get a tourist visa bound for Sydney where eventually I landed 4 or 5 editorial pieces from the Sydney Morning Herald and Penthouse.  That however lasted only 6 months due to ozy visa restrictions.  So by way of serendipity I then found myself bartering my skills as a designer of all sorts in Bali, amongst the American expat community there.  Probably would still be there today if I hadn’t flipped my motorbike and scraped off a portion of my leg’s epidermis down the Rumjungle road.

I returned around 1997 to settle in Brighton where I joined the Brighton Illustrators Group and got my first PC at the age of 35, ever since I’ve been mesmerized by it’s capabilities allowing me to pursue a wider spectrum of graphic design styles which in turn has gained me satisfied clients.  I still, on the odd occasion, miss the big blue surf but anyway love my woman, our allotment, micro beers, cycling, the ranting poetry of John Cooper-Clark, diy, and when I’m not occupied on bread and butter projects I create art-poster-prints as signed limited editions and exhibit these framed at 2 local venues.  Favourite TV prog at the moment is The Keiser Report on Russia Today, oh and anything quantum from the Hadron Collider – “Kirk out”.