Whimsy and Woe

‘Whimsy and Woe’, written by Kate McRitchie and published by Harper Collins Australia has bee an interesting project to work on – especially when, because the artwork was going so well, it was decided that hard cover (yes!) was the only way to go. Which sounded great, until I was told it was going to cut into my production time by about a month. So a two month deadline turned into a one month deadline – for 50 detailed pen and ink illustrations! (I decided to go “old school” this time – it was great to get back to the tactility of pen and ink, but with the best of both worlds. Spilt ink bottles (truth!) wearing out pen nibs, but also the ability to scan and make last minute changes if need be. Also good news: this title has turned into a two volume set, so look out for more adventures next year!

Release date: 21 August, 2017

So exciting to receive my box of beautiful hardcover books! Whimsy & Woe by Rebecca McRitchie, out soon from Harper Collins Australia.

Whimsy and Woe

Future Melbourne

Last year I was asked to imagine what ‘Future Melbourne’ might look like for ‘The Melbourne Awards’ (run by the City of Melbourne). I came up with a day-glo mix of the past, present and future, interweaving nature and the built environment with the bonus of being lead into the labyrinth by Vali Myers and her fox. Here’s hoping the ghosts of Melbourne never fade…

Future Melbourne

Intersectionality through the eyes of the ‘west’

Hot off the pixel-press! (literally finished this at 2AM this morning :0) Honored to be part of a series of illustrated articles published as part of the ‘All About Women’ festival taking place at the Sydney Opera House​ : https://medium.com/all-about-women/is-intersectionality-enough-if-the-only-intersections-we-see-are-those-that-affect-women-in-the-6a319534681f#.yol358zej

Intersectionality through the eyes of the ‘west’

Louis 4 Sale

Sold! My painted bulldog “Monsieur le Roi” took part in a charity gala event at Smartartz on October 23, with all proceeds going to ‘Dress for Success’ – a charity that helps economically disadvantaged women get back on their feet by providing free professional attire and styling to help with self-esteem and economic independence. Happy to say he achieved quite a respectable amount.

Louis 4 Sale



My portrait of Anna Walker – “Basement Bird” has happily made it into the semi finals of the Moran Portrait Prize, so it is currently in transit back up to Sydney town 🙂 Out of a field of 216 chosen as semi-finalists, only 30 get through to the Grand Finale – so we’ll have to wait and see what happens … some great entries, you can take a tour of all 216 entries here: http://www.moranprizes.com.au/competition/2013-doug-moran-national-portrait-prize/semi-finalists


IA A3 Show 2012


This a preview of the limited edition print I’ll be showing at this year’s Illustrators Australia A3 show, which opens 6-9pm on Friday June 15 @ the Northcote Town Hall, High Street Northcote (Vic/Australia). AND I’ll be spinning the wheels of ipod! A preview of the show and other opening hours / details can be found here. If you’re in town, hope to see you there?!.

Picture Show


To coincide with the school holidays, I’m in a little show with five other children’s book artists involved with Illustrators Australia. It’s on at Hill of Content Bookstore, 86 Bourke Street, Melbourne, until April 15. I’m displaying a print (available for sale) from “Do Not Forget Australia”. The other artists are Lisa Coutts, Kim Fleming, Sarah Hardy, Jody Pratt and Anna Walker. Have a look if you’re in the neighbourhood

Little Deities


I’m in a group show opening this Thursday in Melbourne. Entitled “Little Deities”, sixty or so artistes were given similar baby dolls with instructions to “create a God”. I looked to the skies for inspiration, a came up with the creation of “Baby Cetus”, the ancient Sea Monster constellation. It was great fun to experiment with different materials! The show is on @ No Vacancy Gallery, QV Building 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne. Opening 6-9 pm March 8, and on until March 18, 2012. Website here .

Books Available

“Song of The Dove” is a fanciful romance based on the life of the ill-fated Romantic Opera composer Vincenzo Bellini (3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835).

Here are some sample spreads below:






Kids Bookreview.com

The Book Gryffin

NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children

The Book Chook


Silver – Illustrators Australia Awards

Finalist – 4th CJ Book Awards (Korea)

ISBN: 9781921529245
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Dimensions: 250 x 267mm, 32pp
Australian RRP: $29.95
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Do Not Forget Australia

cover of Do Not Forget Australia


Out today! My latest picture book, Do Not Forget Australia, written by Sally Murphy and published by Walker Books. It’s a lovely story set in WW1, that tells of the bond between Australia and the little village of Villers Bretonneux in Northern France. If you would like to find out more, both Sally and I are doing a Tour de Blogs during the month of March 2012.

2012 Illustrator Australia Awards

Strangest Adventures covers


The 2012 Illustrator Australia Awards are finally announced today! Happily I scored a Silver in the Book Category, for ‘Song of the Dove’ and a  Highly Commended for the set of covers I’ve done for the reissue of Alexandra Adornetto’s ‘Strangest Adventures’ series. Given the calibre of judges (Annette Harcus (Designer, Harcus Design, Aust), Tony Palmer (Executive Designer Penguin Group, Aust), Chris Buzelli (Illustrator, NY), Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator, NY), Stefano Imbert (Illustrator and board member SOI, NY), Charles Hively (Publisher & Design Director , 3×3 magazine), it’s quite an honour to make the grade. The Awards results can be seen on the IA page here .

Ronald Searle RIP

Years ago, in my favourite bookshop in a basement in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, I came across a small collection of a publication called “ARK”, published by The Royal College of Art. I’m not sure which years they hail from – probably early to mid 1950’s – but they are great little books, featuring articles for and by students, and featuring advertisements designed by the RCA students as well. The limited colour palette (most pages are black and white, and any additional colours look like they’ve been hand separated), lends itself to a predominance of drawings and sketches for the imagery – a lot of which are beautifully graphic in that mid 50’s way. Very inspiring!

Last week I thumbed through these books for the first time in years, and was reminded of this great illustrated article by Ronald Searle, recounting his experiences as a POW in the second world war, and working on the publication “The Survivor” (with a “print order of five and a readership of fifty thousand”). I thought more people should see it… then came the news that Mr. Searle had passed away. I show these pages as a modest tribute. (more info and scans of the actual pages from “The Survivor” can be seen here: http://ronaldsearle.blogspot.com/2009/07/changi-gaol-3.html




Ronald Searle / page 1



Ronald Searle / page 2



Ronald Searle / page 3



Ronald Searle / page 4

Rapture – IA 9×5 Exhibition & Auction

Sonia Kretschmar IA 9x5 entry 2011


The annual Illustrators Australia 9×5 show – in which each IA member is sent a 9×5 inch piece of plywood and is asked to create a work on a given theme – is almost upon us again! This year the theme is “Rapture” – the pierce above is entitled “Isadora’s Dream” , as Isadora Duncan was the most rapturously inspired subject I could think of. (The medium I used is acrylic and varnish on wood, with gold wax highlights.) The opening is on October 14, 2011 at Space 39, 39 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia from 6pm onwards. All work is for sale, with a reserve price of $195. If more than one person is interested in a piece, it goes to a silent auction. It’s always a bit of a fun night 🙂 The exhibition is also open on Sunday, from 10am – 4pm (There is a seminar being held on the Saturday, so it will be closed to the general public). You can see the rest of the show here