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”