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Ormston was born in Yorkshire, England and earned a degree in art and illustration at Leeds University sometime around the mid-1980s. For the following few years he spent his time between playing the drums in various bands, some of which released singles and compilation album tracks (The Silent Scream, The second Coming, This Colossal Youth) and working part-time in a Sheffield comic-book shop with fellow budding artists Nick Percival, Greg Staples and filmmaker Lee Ford. Sometime in 1990 he moved into working full-time as an artist working mainly for Judge Dredd Megazine.
Ormston's dark, thick paints were seen in action on the Judge Dredd strip on numerous occasions, most notably in the Judgement Day and Raptaur storylines. For the Judge Dredd Megazine Ormston also created, with Si Spencer, the comedy strip Harke & Burr, a twist on the notorious grave robbers Burke and Hare. He drew part of "The Kindly Ones" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. His work can also be seen in the Predator comics for Dark Horse, Lucifer and Books of Magic for DC Vertigo.
Ormston's prominent American comic credits include The Girl Who Would Be Death, many issues of Lucifer, and primary artist on Books of Magick: Life During Wartime, all published under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics.
His other works include a brief spell as character designer for Mainframe Animation where he co-created Dot's Bots with writer Steve Seagle, a proposed 13 episode series that so far has only made it to a 30-minute pilot episode. His Reboot Character design of Daemon can be seen in the TV movie Daemon Rising made in 2001.
- Judge Dredd:
- "I Singe the Body Electric" (with Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.06, 1991)
- "Raptaur" (with Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.11–1.17, 1991)
- "Judgement Day" (with Garth Ennis, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.04–2.06, 2.08–2.09, 1992)
- "Fall of the House of Esher" (with Si Spencer, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.70, 1995)
- "Killing Grounds" (with John Smith, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.13, 1996)
- "Doledrums" (with Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #1176, 2000)
- "The in Club" (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1362, 2003)
- Harke & Burr (with Si Spencer):
- "Antique and Curious" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.27–2.28, 1993)
- "Hamster Horror" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.40–2.42, 1995)
- "Grief Encounter" (in 'Judge Dredd Megazine #2.47–2.49, 1994)
- "Satanic Farces" (with co-author Gordon Rennie, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.04–3.07, 1995)
- Ammo Armageddon #1: "Bug Hunt" (Atomeka, 1993)
- Sandman Mystery Theatre Annual #1: "The Bystanders" (Vertigo, 1995)
- The Eaters (with Peter Milligan, Vertigo, 1995)
- The Crow: City of Angels (with John Wagner and Phil Hester, Kitchen Sink Press, 1996)
- The Sandman: The Kindly Ones (with Neil Gaiman, 1996)
- House of Secrets (with Steven T. Seagle, Vertigo):
- Digol, issue 11, 1997
- Plyck, issue 16, 1998
- Mythos: The Final Tour #3: "Book Three: Salvage" (with John Ney Rieber, Vertigo, 1997)
- Lucifer (with Mike Carey):
- The Girl Who Would Be Death (with Caitlín R. Kiernan, 4-issue miniseries, Vertigo, 1998–1999)
- Ozzy Osbourne #1: "Speak of the Devil" (with Paul Jenkins, Image Comics, 1999)
- Missionary Man: "The Promised Land" (with Gordon Rennie, in 2000 AD #1186–1188, 2000)
- Totems (with Tom Peyer, Vertigo, 2000)
- The Monarchy #5: "The Boy Who Talked To Spiders" (with Doselle Young, Wildstorm, 2001)
- Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (with Si Spencer, issues 1–5, 7–9, 11–12, with Steve Yeowell, 13–15, 2005–2006)
- Tales From the Black Museum: "Shades of Grue" (with Al Ewing, in Judge Dredd Megazine No. 252, 2006)
- Testament No. 18 (with Douglas Rushkoff, DC Comics, May 2007)
- Northlanders issues No. 9 & No. 10 (with Brian Wood, Vertigo, 2008)
- Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. DC Comics. p. 269. ISBN 978-1563894657.
- Burgas, Greg (7 January 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 10 April 2014.
- The Girl Who Would Be Death #1 Archived 23 July 2012 at Archive.is
- San Diego Comic-Con (2017). "Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners 2017".
- Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 42–43, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
- DC Comics