Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
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.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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.
Friday, July 24, 2015
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.
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.
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...
Thursday, June 11, 2015
I keep a little yellow D&AD sketchbook next to my desk for sketching down quick ideas or experiments with developing characters.
Lately, I seem to be doing regular little comic pieces in there. This one took about 20 minutes. I have real reservations about showing this hastily drawn stuff, but it is what it is. I've been posting them to my Facebook wall and this one was among the more popular of those. There are some others that I may actually develop for submission somewhere.