Apart from some life drawing classes at college I am almost entirely self taught.
My professional career started in 1998, producing visualisations for companies that create props and displays (Those animatronic characters you see in the windows of West End stores.)
I had produced my first small press comic/zine - Schizo (years before I discovered Ivan Brunetti's US comic of the same name) - two years earlier, in collaboration with a friend, which we sold on the streets of south west London.
Between 2003 and 2011 I was creating comic strips on a semi-regular basis for a range of Scottish alternative comics and anthologies, perhaps most notably Northern Lightz and Wasted.
I have also produced promotional posters for Australian fringe theatre groups like Theatre in Decay, campaign graphics for groups working for a more peaceful and just world, and also a range of private commissions.
Parallel to this I have reported on interesting grassroots projects for current affairs magazines like New Internationalist and Peace News.
Being a freelance anything is, in material terms, a precarious path, especially if you value your independence.
If you like what you see and want to support my work, presently you can buy some quite practical things with my art on by visiting: http://www.redbubble.com/people/russmcp
If you want to discuss original commissions I can be contacted using the form in the Contact section of this site.