Niel is an established animator, illustrator and artist whose work has featured in Disney productions and Marvel Comics as well as numerous feature films and computer games.
His career started at Marvel Comics before he moved into the animation industry where he worked on a broad range of projects from cereal commercials to feature films including Space Jam and Lost in Space.
He then moved into the computer games industry as a concept artist, illustrator and animator on games including Shadowman and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Niel’s work for Disney included a Lion King short film called ‘The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable’ which played at the Epcot Centre’s The Land pavilion at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, for over twenty years until it finally closed in 2018.
After a stint in London, Niel returned to his native Hartlepool and formed his own studio, supervising a team of animators and artists, producing work for UK television shows such as Spooks, Hyperdrive, Mongrels, The Windsors and Derry Girls.
More recently, Niel has been involved in the Doctor Who blu ray range, creating new animation, graphics and effects.
When he’s not drawing or animating, Niel enjoys writing and has had nine books published.
After spending a year working in licensed products at a childrenswear design studio, Nik then spent 3 years as an in-house Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Director (Humour) at UK Greetings.
With over 14 years freelance experience, for a wide range of clients including Paramount Pictures, BBC, Channel 4, Microsoft and Google among others, his experience as a commercial illustrator is exhaustive.
He has worked on almost every aspect of commercial illustration, including fashion, concept art, children's books, editorial illustration, product design, comic books, greeting cards, branding, logo design, animation, advertising and tattoo design among others. As well as client-based work, Nik also works on private commissions and sells his work - both through online stores as well as at various film and comic conventions around the UK.
Frances began her creative career as an Assistant Accessories Designer at high end womenswear brand Luella, before moving into illustration. She worked for The Bright Illustration Agency on a range of editorial, greetings and publishing commission for clients including Paperlink, Egmont Publishing and Michael O’Mara Books.
Frances now combines lecturing with a successful freelance practice, illustrating the Fashion Exercise Book (2014) and Pick Up a Pen (2018) for Pavilion, a leading publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and international markets. She has produced live portraits for events across the country, and exhibited and sold work at the Baltic Self Publishing Artists’ Market. Frances also exhibited at the Hartlepool Festival of Illustration in 2017, and curated the Fashion Illustration section.
Alice graduated from an MA in Illustration and Design in 2013 and since has worked in higher education whilst developing personal work for a range of regional exhibitions including; The Northern Festival of Illustration in 2019, Emanation at ThoughtFoundation 2018, Hamsterley: Unearthed 2018 in Hamsterley Forest, and the Drawing Parallels and Drawing the Line series at Gala Gallery and Holy Biscuit gallery. This has built a wealth of experience working with varied teams to plan and curate exhibitions.
Alice has worked on a range of illustration commissions for clients such as Bernicia Festival, Lake Poets, Narc Magazine, The Customs House theatre, and Tiny Lights Recordings and Kittle PR. Alice continues to work on private illustration and design commissions alongside lecturing.