Mark Wilcox Creative Solutions

Professional Creative & I.T. Solutions

 

About Me

Walt Disney Logo

When I was a young boy growing up in the 1970's and early 1980's I had just one dream: to work as an artist for Walt Disney.
Before I could ride a bike I could draw a pretty convincing Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.

Atari 800XL Home Computer

With the advent of the home computing era in the early 1980's (that coincided perfectly with the popularity of the video game arcades), my focus shifted toward learning how to program a computer. I had one thing on my mind: how do I make games?
Throughout adolescence I maintained a healthy curiosity for all thinks art and computing and it really didn't take long for me to be comfortable writing my own software and making my own games.

Netscape Logo

After college I started working with computers full time and in the years that followed I found myself working with machines the size of your bathroom. Shortly thereafter we saw the birth of the World Wide Web.
The real beauty of the world wide web from an artistic programmer's point of view is that it allows you to embrace both disciplines.
I quickly taught myself the language of web pages - HTML - and became adept at all technologies that in some form or another augmented the web design process.

Apple Products

Over the course of the following 25 years and coming right up to date, I've seen every change, every advance and every new feature of web design. Some good, some great, others... well, they died out.
The biggest advance, of course, has been the adoption of mobile devices and tablets as a means of viewing web content. These devices bring with them enormous potential for how we communicate with our audience and our clients.
Modern websites are a beautiful thing. The technologies available to us designers and developers are rich and powerful. Modern web browsers are superb and efficient and, to coin a well-used phrase, the sky is the limit in terms of your imagination.

Mark at Work on a Wacom Cintiq

As an artist the visuals, the user experience (UX), the user interface (UI) and the workflow of a website are a passion of mine.
As a developer, the functionality that tying together the web page with the database and server-side technologies brings, is a thrill.
I'm lucky. My creative passions are also my profession. But aside from art and computing I love to cook, read, explore and spend time with my children. I live in Nantwich, Cheshire.

If you feel that I can be of any use to you then please do get in touch.

If you are looking to hire me you might want to take a look at my skills and the tools I use.

Mark is an extremely talented and imaginative illustrator. He did an outstanding job on the illustrations for my children's picture book and its front cover. I was over the moon with Mark's pictures and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him. Colette Warbrook - Children's Author
I can't recommend Mark highly enough. He's been my 'go to' artist for personal, business and educational commissions for a number of years and has hit the brief every time... even when my brief was vaguer than vague! I know I can have really strong ideas, but then be less than good at visualising and capturing them. Mark brings ideas and words to life in the most creative of ways and has such a range of styles that I couldn't ever imagine wanting or needing to go elsewhere. He just 'gets' what I want even when I don't! Helen B.
Mark is a fantastic, reliable and creative artist. Highly recommended A* Matt W