Alan Heighton

I was born in 1978 in Doncaster (Donny) England.

My dad always encouraged me to draw, sketchbooks were always around and bought for me as presents so drawing became routine – like changing my underpants.

I completed a foundation year at Doncaster Churchview College, and then took a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University of Salford where I graduated in 2001 with a First Class honors degree.

Since then I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator.

I guess most people found out about me with my illustrations for the Guardian Sport section, for being selected for ‘Creative futures’ within Creative Review in 2005, and the best selling ‘The Picture book’ by Pentagrams Angus Hyland.

Alongside making images, between 2005 and 2009 I put my knowledge gained to good use by teaching third year students on the BA hons Graphic Design course at the University of Salford on Visual Practice and Illustration modules.

I have also delivered Guest speaker talks and hosted workshops at other colleges in the UK.

I think over the years, I’ve answered student questions from all over the world!

Plans for the future are to keep on developing, juggling personal projects, do more tutoring, juggle editorial, fashion, publishing and music industry clients. Plus keep enjoying cycling, drinking cups of tea, films, galleries and reading books.