Jez Alborough was born and grew up in Kingston-upon-Thames. He loved drawing and painting from an early age and always wanted to be an artist. 'I used to love the exercise books which had one blank page opposite one lined page. It was like an invitation to me to write a story and draw the illustrations.' Jez didn't much like secondary school, but going to art college in Norwich was a much happier experience: 'It felt like freedom. Having the time and space to do what I wanted to do was so uplifting. 'He graduated with a BA Honours degree in Graphic Design.