Nick liked drawing from an early age, and liked drawing big crowd scenes. ‘I'd start in the bottom left-hand corner of the paper and just let the picture grow, telling myself stories about each of the characters in turn as I drew them.’ On leaving school Nick went to Art College in London to study graphic design. After that, he drew humorous illustrations for magazines and for packaging, such as cake boxes and sweet packets. He illustrated school textbooks, before going on to illustrate and then write his own picture books. The first book he wrote and illustrated was What Do I Look Like? Nowadays, Nick spends about half his time illustrating other writer's stories and half illustrating his own. He works in a variety of media.