Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mermaid for Illustration Friday 

This week's topic for Illustration Friday is "Mermaid."

The picture here was a wraparound cover I drew for the third issue of Australian music comic The Ink, back in 2006.

There is a wordless comic story to accompany this cover illustration.  I developed that a few years back for submission to a large format, hand-printed Australian comic, with the idea of finishing it in the same two colours. As I never received a response from them, I didn't bother completing it, but I have been looking at it again. It may be another piece I complete toward my potential big anthology book.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pointy for Illustration Friday 

After drawing two white rhinos in my D&AD yellow sketchbook, I realised that they worked as a picture for the subject of this week's Illustration Friday, which is "Pointy."

I wanted to make some use of the yellow paper as a medium tone, so these were drawn with black markers and a white pencil.  I used a screen picture in Britannica as my reference.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

The Pioneers in Oi, Oi, Oi! #5 

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The latest issue of the fine Australian anthology comic Oi, Oi, Oi! is now available in the ComicOz Shop, I'm guessing for a limited time (as some previous issues have sold out). Better yet is the deal on a 4 issue subscription!

As I've mentioned here before, I'm a fan of Australian bush impressionist painter, Frederick McCubbin (and The Heidelberg School in general), so my three page piece is a tribute to his wonderfully evocative triptych, The Pioneer.

Something that occurred to me about this set of paintings, is that it really should be called "The Pioneers" - hence the title of my comic piece.

In a sense, this triptych has always seemed to me like a big, wordless, comic format story, told in only three panels, and I have heard various interpretations of it over the years. My piece was originally conceived as an outright comic pastiche, but the style became more formal as it progressed. I also wanted to test myself with adapting a painterly piece into pure black-and-white linework, and for added difficulty I thought an impressionist painting was a good place to start with this.

Of course, my story does show what happens when I take my smutty little mind to The Art Gallery, but I think it also says something I wanted to about plain old long-term relationships and the passage of life. If you want to see my other Frederick McCubbin adaptation, that can be found on this Blog, see: Lost.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hall and Oates - that good bit! 

I, uh, appear to have made a guest appearance in Tristian Blumenstein's article at Crikey's Daily Review... about Hall and Oates, no less. Thank you Tristian (and your older brother David) - you guys make me want to regrow a mullet!

And yes, that does look just like me.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Walkies of Progress 

This spin on Zallinger's "March of Progress" has been on my mind and it took a few breaks to sketch out. The beasts are pretty much a bear-dog (amphicyon), a dire wolf, a dingo, a basenji, and a pomeranian. I still have doubts about publicly posting this Sketchbook stuff, but I'm being selective. This one gets its concept across okay, I think.


Copier Jam! Exhibition - Childers Festival 

I have a 3 page comic in the latest issue of Oi Oi Oi! magazine - issue #5.

This is apparently a special issue and won't be distributed through newsagents, but is available as part of a four issue subscription from the ComicOz Store.

However, if you can make it to the Childers Festival this weekend, you can pick up a copy for $5.00 (Childers is a Queensland town 40 SW of Bundaberg, 2.5 hours North of Noosa and 3.5 hours North of Brisbane).

The issue consists of  stories by Alisha Jade, David Piper and myself, with cover art by Chiara Arena (with help from Ryan McDonald-Smith).

My piece... well, more on that later, but if you like Australian Heidelberg School art, or Frederick McCubbin in particular, you may well enjoy this.

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Monday, July 13, 2015


Like so many, I have some grave misgivings about the whole new Harper Lee novel happening.

Worst case, it could potentially damage the enduring legacy of some of the finest characters in American literature, and the reputation of the author herself (also because of the publishing of this work in its unedited state).

Still, this kind of publishing of uncovered "lost" material has become standard practice posthumously, so I guess there really isn't a reason it shouldn't happen while the author is still alive.

Given the towering significance of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the enduring respect it commands, I really hope for the best.  The original editor was certainly right to request a novel dealing purely with Scout's childhood.  Worst case, I guess it will be forgotten in a few years, and become a footnote to that masterpiece.  We'll soon know...

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