About: Biography


Who am I? Portrait of Mark A. Garlick

Greetings! My name is , and I am a freelance illustrator, author and computer animator based in Hove, GB. As an artist I specialise in earth sciences, technology, astronomy, space and science fiction, but my writing focuses mainly on astronomy. Like many artists I began my career by getting dirty with tubes of paint, and occasionally I do still work with traditional media such as acrylic or oil pastels. But these days I am primarily a digital artist, and Photoshop is my main tool, partnered with a Wacom graphics pad. I also use 3D software such as Blender, 3DS Max and Adobe After Effects, especially for animations. See my YouTube channel for more of the latter - a few are in my portfolio here on this site.

        My background? I have a degree in astronomy from University College London (UCL), and a PhD in astrophysics from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. After I finished my PhD, I did three years of research at Sussex University, in the UK, specialising in close binary stars called cataclysmic binaries. But by the time I reached the end of my contract, it had become clear that professional astronomy was not for me, and I decided on a career change.

        Now, self-trained in illustration, I run a small company called Mark Garlick Words and Pictures Ltd and I have never looked back. I have written and/or illustrated many books, and my images have appeared in their hundreds in other books, publications and in advertising.

        No artist or writer can survive without clients. So I welcome your commissions!


Client feedback

I have worked with Mark for a few years now, on a range of animations for the stock footage library that I manage. He understands our needs quickly, and has produced a clean and consistent body of work in very good time. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

Ben Jones
Science Photo Library

We regularly turn to Mark to illustrate our astronomy and astrophysics research stories. Not only is his work stunning, he is fast, reliable, and quickly and easily grasps the science involved having himself a PhD in astrophysics. His academic background means he works well with our researchers but he also copes extremely well with annoying PR folk such as myself.

Peter Dunn
University of Warwick

Mark has a detailed and precise illustration style that also manages to be highly expressive. He is therefore a fantastic prospect for non-fiction artwork, which is the type of work we commission on a regular basis.

Simon Holland
Kingfisher

Clients include

Shanghai Planetarium (China)
Science (US) National Geographic Society (US)
American Museum of Natural History (US)
Aptsoft (US)
Asimov's Science Fiction (US)
Astronomy Now Magazine (UK)
Cibal Multimedia (Spain)
BBC On-line (UK)
Cambridge University Press (UK)
Dorling Kindersley (UK)
Gallimard (France)
Guardian Newspaper (UK)
Hachette (France)
Headline Publishing (UK)
Interzone Magazine (UK)
Kingfisher (UK)
M-Press Publishing Ltd (UK)
Nature (UK)
New Scientist Magazine (UK)
Popular Science Magazine (US)
Science Illustrated (Denmark)
Scientific American Magazine (US)
Simon and Schuster (US)
Sky & Telescope Magazine (US)
Springer (US & UK)
Time Magazine (US)
Weldon Owen PTY Ltd (Australia)