Dave McKean

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Bios

Dave McKean

As a child, I loved drawing, playing the piano and watching science-fiction films. My father also played piano and would draw cartoon characters for me. I’ve always been determined to make the most of his genes, and try as many creative things as possible. My mother completely supported everything I tried to do. I made Super 8 films with friends, published my own very bad comics, and played in school and semi-professional bands throughout my school years.

I live in Kent with my wife, Clare, and two children, Yolanda and Liam. While still at art school I started working professionally as an illustrator. I’ve always loved music and wanted to design CD covers. A couple of comic-book fans at record labels gave me my first professional work in this area. I’ve now done more than one hundred CD packages. In 1996 I decided I wanted to make a film and wrote two shorts, The Week Before and N[eon]. I shot them in my barn with no budget and a tiny crew, and slowly completed them while learning how to edit and make special effects. I’m still very happy with them.

I’ve realized a few things over the last twenty years: That I’m a slow learner, preferring to make my own mistakes rather than take professional advice. That I’m stubborn. That I love comics and hope to make another couple of comic novels before I’m fifty. That I don’t have skin thick enough to survive in the film industry. If I can make films my own way, I’ll continue to try. That I love to learn new things, and that I’m easily bored. That I’m very lucky to have lived through the quantum jump from analog to digital technology; I appreciate the strengths of both. That spending all your time doing things you love is a great life to aim for.

 
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