Friday, August 29, 2014

I Am Dancing Groot, Watercolour.

I recently had the pleasure of watching the film Guardians of the Galaxy and as a comic book fan it was an absolute treat. Anyway the movie inspired me to do this little illustration of dancing Groot on a birthday card for my lovely wife.

I don't usually work with watercolour and was so happy with the result I put the illustration up on my Redbubble page, were you can get it on a t-shirt, throw pillow or phone case. Take a look here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Submission To The Threadless Lowbrow Challenge!

I recently added a splash of colour to my illustration of that age old tale of Man Vs Machine, "Pinball..... the Game of Life" and submitted it to the Threadless Lowbrow Challenge. You can vote for my design here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Custom Made Stan Lee Mego Action Figure!

When I heard that the one and only Stan Lee was stopping by Sydney's Supanova Pop Culture Expo as part of his last major comic convention tour, it was a dream come true. As a life long Marvel fan he (in collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) is responsible for creating many of my favorite comic book characters. At 91 years old his continued creativity, positivity and energy is such an inspiration to me.

Nuff Said! I knew what I had to do and over the subsequent few weeks I made it my mission to create a custom made Mego Action figure of Stan the man Lee!

I took the figure along to the convention and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to show Stan my work. He loved it and was blown away that I had made it, he grabbed it off me to take a closer look and upon closer inspection declared "Couldn't you have made me look a little more like Brad Pitt?" When I told him that the head was based off Charlton Heston from Planet of the Apes he joked about their similar likeness! This whole experience was Amazing and will be a memory I will cherish forever!!!

This is the back of the package that I made for the figure

Here is a look at the making of the figure.

A quick costume change/chase variant, Stan in 1970's attire.

The original sketch I did for the front of the package

Thursday, June 12, 2014

DJ Niche Juan!

I will refrain from calling it DJ-ing but I'll be spinning some of my favourite rare Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Surf Rock records for Misspent Youth #2 at The Greenroom Lounge in Enmore this Friday night! 

The first Misspent Youth night last month was a hoot so why not come along for some great music, fun dancing and tasty cocktails!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Unboxing Pack of Heroes

After a nerve-racking wait, the day of reckoning has arrived and a final copy of Pack of Heroes made its way from the printers in Germany all the way to Australia. Unless you've been sleeping under a rock your probably aware of this mammoth project which I've been busily working on with Phil Walker-Harding from Adventureland Games for the past two and a bit years. The project involved undertaking the illustration, graphic design and character creation for a superhero card game called Pack of Heroes which culminated in a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the game late last year.

After an initial shock at seeing something I've worked so hard on for so long in the flesh I couldn't be happier with the production of the game. The box is bursting with stuff, thanks to the success of the Kickstarter campaign. The quality of the materials used and vibrancy and consistency of the colour is exceptional and something I was really looking at given the amount of time I spent working on this project.

Not one, not two but three booklets are included with the game, a Rules Booklet, a Hero Almanac and an Origin Mini-Comic.

The cards themselves are so colourful, vibrant and punchy.

So many heroes...... So much work! All in all the game contains 80 cards, 40 Unique Hero Cards, 12 Unique Weapon Cards, 18 Power Cards and 2 Reference Cards.

The game in action. If you backed the Kickstarter campaign, check your mailboxes because your copy of the game should be arriving really soon!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Secret 7" Exhibition-Record Store Day 2014.

Happy Record Store Day 2014 everyone! It gives me great pleasure to finally reveal that a piece of artwork I designed was selected to be a part of the great Secret 7" initiative.

Secret 7" is an annual event that combines music and art for a good cause. Secret 7" take seven songs from seven well known musicians and press each one 100 times, inviting creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style, resulting in a one-of-a-kind sleeve for every 7”. The unique pieces of art were exhibited anonymously at Mother London Gallery in London before going on sale this Record Store Day. The proceeds from the event go to the War Child charity.
My design (seen above) was for the classic T. Rex track Get It On. Marc Bolan is one of my favorite artists I love the work he did as T. Rex in the 70's and feel so lucky to have had my artwork selected to represent this track. Get It On was released in 1971 it spent weeks at #1 and went on to sell millions around the world becoming a glam rock anthem. It’s taken from the album Electric Warrior.
I used a photo I took of a mirror ball exploding with light to represent the colourful excesses of the glam rock pioneer, T. Rex. When designing the cover I wanted to use a similar colour palate and treatment that was used on the original cover of the Electric-Warrior album, designed by British art design group Hipgnosis (see my photo of the original cover below).

I am including some pictures from the exhibition opening taken by the folks at Secret 7".

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Zombie Pinball!

I recently drew this illustration to be part of the inaugural Slam Tilt Zine, Australia's only Pinball and Rock 'n' Roll Zine! I thought the idea of a zombie playing a Game of Life pinball machine was pretty neat and ran with the idea!

If your interested in picking up a copy of the zine, head over to the Slam Tilt website.