When author Carole Wilkinson planned ‘Bronze Bird Tower’, the sixth book in her ‘Dragonkeeper series’, she also announced the end of the popular title. I enjoyed working on this piece, and I hope I was able to bring a non-traditional interpretation to the series as a hole (because who really does know what a dragon looks like?)
A while back I heard the rumor that John Batman, famed “founder” of Melbourne, Australia, actually suffered from syphilis and had to wear a silver nose to cover his lack of a real one. Being from an age before photography, sadly any evidence of this was sorely lacking so I decided to see what it might have looked like for myself.
Produced in conjunction with the Jacky Winter Group and Thames and Hudson, I got to interpret the iconic emu for this ‘Greetings from Australia’ sticker book- in a scene inspired from trips through Woomera and further into Western Australia. I used a combination of collage (cut up newspapers), paint, and digital brushes and textures.
A portrait of Bruce Springsteen that I completed for Rolling Stone Australia (December 2015 edition). I was asked to imagine him circa the release of his album ‘The River’; and I was surprised to find that it was quite an evocative idea
I remember back in my design college days, I actually set myself a stamp series as an assignment , and as a kid I subscribed to the Stamp Bulletin and collected first day covers and presentation packs – so in a way it was finally a ‘dream’ come true.
My piece for the 2015 Illustrators Australia 9×5 exhibition was inspired by kitten observations and is entitled “It’s all Fun and Games until Someone Loses an Eye”
This piece featured in Risographica 3- a group show at Lamington Drive in Collingwood. Every few years they invite artists to create artwork for a ‘Risograph’ – which is a kind of a newfangled / oldfangled copy machine with limited but seemingly crazy colours.
For many years I have wanted to do a portrait of Kate Durham – Melbourne artist, jewellery maker and ‘activist’ of sorts.
I have created a range of cat-inspired designs to help with the important rescue work of Melbourne based group Maneki Neko. This group rescues / rehomes cats that have found themselves homeless or in “death row pounds”, and the money goes towards vet care and desexing.
Something a bit different in conjunction with the Australian release of Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’. In keeping with the ‘Keane theme’, it also has been the first time in a long time that I have used no Photoshop for a published artwork…
‘Agaricus Bitorquis’ – a mushroom that resembles a field mushroom but with lovely pink colouring underneath, for Australian permaculture magazine ‘Pip’
Inspired by a trip to Tokyo, I’ve answered the theme of ‘Natural Selection’ by depicting my visit to ‘Fukoro no Mise’ an Owl Cafe near Tsukishima Station. Touching on themes of misplaced nature, novelty, and the never ending quest for memorable content for one’s next blog post.
A little while back I was contacted by the good people of ‘Paper Radio’ to provide an illustration for a podcast.
I’ve entitled this piece “Sid Wiggy dreams in Technicolor”, revisiting an old favourite theme. I had played around with this idea and colours for quite a while – so it’s good to finally have an outlet to bring it out to the big wide world.
This tshirt design featured in “Wear Art Thou”, an exhibition held in conjunction with Illustrators Australia and redbubble…
This portrait of portrait of Melbourne based Theatre Group ‘Born in a Taxi’ looks much better in “real life”, much like a theatre performance does…
A reminder for the upcoming Berlin Zebra Poetry Film Festival was enough to prompt me to do something I had never done before – attempt an animation in under two weeks, from concept to completion.
An editorial piece for the Monash Uni magazine, accompanying an article about the effect of funding on the judicial system, with special focus on the case of Gabe Watson, whose wife drowned whilst scuba diving in 2003.
‘The Victorian Writer’ published by Writers Victoria features my 2011 portrait of Cassandra Golds looking, I guess, like a Victorian Writer. 🙂
My portrait of Anna Walker – “Basement Bird” has happily made it into the semi finals of the 2013 Moran Portrait Prize