Iain Denby


1 -studied

furniture design at Leeds College Of Art at the end of the 70s and went on to make hand-made furniture to commission with a local cabinet maker. Two years later I became a kitchen designer

2 -won

the 1987 Zanussi ‘Kitchen Designer Of The Year’ award –a national competition with 5K prize money and a funky custom-made silver trophy. I was a kitchen designer for 12 years.

3 -learnt

my trade using traditional perspective set-ups and marker rendering techniques on an A0 sized drawing board. I was hugely influenced by the great futurist artist Syd Mead and the slick illustrative styles employed by car designers of the 80s.

4 -played

bass guitar in a pop/rock band during the 80s. We supported Lionel Richie (hello?) for three nights at Birmingham’s NEC. I was also Bill Nelson’s (of Be Bop Deluxe fame) bass player for a short period of time -recording his 1986 album ‘Getting The Holy Ghost Across’ after touring America and Canada.

5 -migrated

from domestic interior illustration to architectural illustration during the 90s and switched from using traditional techniques to digital around 2000.

6 -joined

The Society Of Architectural Illustration in 1992 and was awarded Fellowship in 2000. I was one of the first to introduce the society to the wonders of creating architectural images digitally.

7 -enjoy

running regularly. I’ve run eight marathons and two ultra-marathon in the last ten years. I’m also a UKA Leader in Running Fitness and a Pose Method Running Technique Specialist.