Roy Fairchild-Woodard was born in 1953 in Surrey, England. Fairchild left school at sixteen to train as a technical illustrator. Graphic design was his main degree qualification. He found technical drawing interesting because it is so exact-you can’t argue with it. In this way, his first exposure was to an art that was highly disciplined, and this has proved invaluable throughout his career. His first employment was in advertising, producing photo realistic airbrush illustrations. He then went on to work for the Sackville Press, publishers and producers of educational books and diagrams. Fairchild was involved in producing technical illustrations, again highly disciplined and working to deadlines.