For the next few years he rented a studio with a colleague who was designing for the music industry. Here Nick worked on his second book, as well as providing illustrations for various record covers, for packaging, greetings cards, corporate identity and exhibitions.
After getting married, Nick continued to work as a freelance illustrator for various design agencies, but concentrated more and more on his own books. During this time he also worked as a visiting illustration tutor at Coventry University. Nick’s own books now take up all of his working time. He lives and works in the country, the studio he works from being an old, converted barn.