Dave's first job was putting the eyes in teddy bears in a toy factory. Since then he has been to art college and had two spells at university, gaining a degree in Creative Arts and a masters in Design Management and Web Design. He has worked in graphic design, advertising, web design and marketing. In the nineteen eighties he worked as a freelance illustrator and strip cartoonist in Amsterdam. He has been a cartoonist, designer and illustrator for over thirty years, working for clients both in the UK and all over the world. He has started and run a number of creative businesses including magazine publishing and a web consultancy. He has also taught in a number of further and higher education institutions.
Dave is currently a senior lecturer in Visual Communications at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the Course Leader for the MA in Visual Communications and is currently in his third year of a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.