Born in Yorkshire, England, Mick Marston aspired to be either a rock star or a footballer – dreams he set aside (temporarily, at least) upon enrolling in art courses. He graduated from Leeds Polytechnic with a first-class honors degree in graphic arts and design, and was immediately hired by the university’s printmaking department.
While studying part-time for a master’s degree, he dipped his toe into the commercial illustration waters. Today, his clients include Atlantic Records, BBC, Bloomsbury, Condé Nast, Disney, The Economist, Expedia, Express Newspapers, Facebook, Financial Times, Google, Guardian Newspapers, Macy's, Mars, Microsoft, the New York Times, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, Penguin Books, Sony, Virgin, Vodafone, VW, the Wall Street Journal, and Wrigley. His art has covered books, packaging, and websites.
“My weekly illustration of 'My Worst Parent' for the Times Education supplement was such an enjoyable job,” Marston remarked. “It required a quick turnover with the same tried and tested format of a 'portrait' every week. I love working to constraints.”
Marston has won Creative Circle Gold & Silver awards, a Cannes Golden Lion, a D&AD Silver Pencil, and two D&AD Slices. He currently teaches graphic arts and design at his alma mater – now called Leeds Metropolitan University – and exhibits in the U.K.